James Morrison's Retirement Concert
- 13 May 2001, 7:30 p.m.
- Grange Arts Centre, Rochdale Road, Oldham OL9 6EA
- James Morrison
"The first variation is a real beast, but Duncan Glenday dashed it off in quite coruscating style. It was deft and nimble fingerwork of the highest order. But this was not just brute technique by any means, for his pianism shone quite unmissably through the dizzying flurry of notes in many places. It was a fantastic and much applauded tour de force from a brilliant young talent we are bound to hear more of." Manchester Evening News
A local Oldham man, Duncan attended Hulme Grammar School for boys, where OSO often perform. Since completing his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, pianist Duncan Glenday has performed extensively throughout England and Scotland in recital and as concerto soloist. He has appeared at St James' Piccadilly, Imperial College, London, the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, Peel Hall, Salford and with the Northern Chamber Orchestra in Beethoven's second concerto at the Lowry. As a soloist he has recently given recitals for Music Societies in Matlock, Lytham St Annes, Ayrshire and in the Lake District, and later this season will be giving concerts in Sheffield, Chester, Rochdale and Leigh. Details may be found on Duncan's web-site at www.duncanglenday.co.uk
Duncan has enjoyed success in various prizes and competitions, including first prize in the 1994 John Ireland Competition, and he was a semi-finalist in the 2002 Calabria International Piano Competition held in Lamezia Terme, Italy.
In addition to his active solo career, Duncan is in great demand as an accompanist and chamber musician. He has recorded for BBC Radio 2, and has performed at the 2003 Lake District International Summer Music Festival, the Ryedale Festival, and in concerts with singers from Welsh National Opera.
Duncan trained at the Royal Northern College of Music with Renna Kellaway and John Gough, where he followed the joint degree course with Manchester University. He graduated with a first class Mus B honours degree, the RNCM graduate and postgraduate Diplomas, and the prestigious RNCM Diploma in professional performance - the college's highest performance award.
Duncan is currently a tutor of piano at the Royal Northern College of Music Junior Department.
Over the years Duncan has played Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1; Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1; Grieg Piano Concerto; Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1; Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor with Oldham Symphony Orchestra.