Duncan is a passionate and enthusiastic educator, clarinettist, and animateur.
Duncan read for a degree in music at Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he held a Lady Lincoln award for performance and was recipient of the Dorothy Kolbert Prize by the college.
He studied clarinet with Joy Farrall at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama whilst a student at Cambridge and has also spent time learning privately with Mark van de Weil. Prior to this, Duncan held a scholarship at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Junior Department where he was a pupil of Alison Waller. He has performed concertos at both Glasgow and Cambridge universities and has collaborated with leading composers on new music projects.
As an educator, Duncan maintains a busy portfolio as a tutor, teacher, and animateur. He has held teaching posts at Brighton College, St Edward’s School, Oxford, and as head of lower school music at King’s College School, Wimbledon. Duncan is a firm believer of the interdisciplinary potential of music and its relationship to other art forms. This philosophy underpins much of his teaching practice, and he always encourages his students to consider how their music-making relates to the wider world around them.