Duncan was appointed Organist and Master of the Music in 2008 at the age of 26. In this role he has responsibility for the musical life of St Mary’s, including recruiting, training, and directing the Cathedral Choir in its daily services, broadcasts, recordings, concerts, and tours. Duncan was previously Organ Scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford, and at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, before moving to St Mary’s in 2005 as Assistant Organist. Duncan’s recordings with St Mary’s have earned him significant critical acclaim.
Joseph Beech Assistant Master of the Music
Joseph Beech took up the position of Assistant Master of the Music in 2017. He takes primary responsibility for accompanying the cathedral choir in its daily choral services, in addition to its busy schedule of concerts, recordings and tours. He previously held Organ Scholarships at St Paul’s Cathedral, London; the London Oratory; HM Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace; and St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. Joseph trained at the Royal Academy of Music where he won all of the organ prizes and was a scholarship student of David Titterington. Upon graduating with a First Class degree, he was awarded one of the Academy’s coveted Regency Awards for ‘outstanding studentship’. He has performed in all of London’s major concert halls, broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and worked under such orchestral conductors as Yan Pascal Tortelier, Marin Alsop and Trevor Pinnock.
Born in Dunblane, Adam was a chorister and later organ scholar at the Cathedral (High Kirk) there. He read for a Bachelor of Music at the University of Glasgow. Here he commenced organ studies with Kevin Bowyer and took up the post of Lanfine Organ Scholar of the University in his third year, working with the University Chapel Choir. Also in his time at the University he accompanied the Chapel Choir on their tour to Sweden in June 2016, in a recording of choral settings of Robert Burns’ poems for the Centre of Robert Burns Studies at the University, was accompanist to the University of Glasgow Choral Society, and transcribed and performed Scriabin’s Prometheus: The Poem of Fire for organ and piano, performed with pianist (and fellow student) Nick Lauener as part of Cottiers Festival, in collaboration with Glasgow Science Festival. He is also Director of Music at St Ninian’s SEC, Comely Bank.