A few words from our conductor, Andrew Duncan 

Before assuming this role, I led a sheltered life as housemaster and teacher of classical languages at an independent boarding school. While there I unearthed my clarinet, neglected since my own schooldays, to demonstrate to pupils that they did not play as badly as they thought. Also, since the bass clarinet was unfashionable at the time, I borrowed the ancient and intermittently reliable school Leblanc and plugged a gap in the concert band. Liking the sound even I made, I joined other bands and in addition now play, or at least own, clarinets and saxophones of various shapes and sizes.

When I unwisely let slip that I was studying conducting at Morley College under Paul Sarcich I was asked to take over as conductor when Paul Collett retired. Like other bands we play a wide variety of music including classical transcriptions and modern works composed for groups of this kind. And I admit to a weakness for the arrangements of Warren Barker.

André Previn once admitted to the LSO that he occasionally got lost. Denis Brain replied: 'We'll sort things out, maestro; you just stand there and look elegant.' In my case looking elegant is easier said than done; but the musicianship and the friendliness of the band smooth the path and make the journey a most enjoyable one.


Andrew at Canbury Gardens, 2012.