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Duncan Glenday: Concert Pianist

British concert pianist Duncan Glenday enjoys a busy and varied performing career as a recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber musician and teacher. Since completing his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, he has performed extensively throughout the UK and has appeared at venues such as St James’ Piccadilly, London, the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, and with the Northern Chamber Orchestra at the Lowry, Salford Quays.

For over 15 years he has given recitals for music societies around the country, and he has also made many concerto appearances including Beethoven’s second piano concerto with the Northern Chamber Orchestra, and works by Dohnanyi and Copland with the RNCM Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to his active solo career, Duncan is also in great demand as an accompanist and chamber musician, with collaborations recently taking him to the International Lake District Summer Music Festival and the Buxton and Ryedale Festivals. He has recorded for BBC Radios 2 and 3, and more recently has been privileged to partner numerous exceptional vocalists in recital, including David Kempster (at the Bridgewater Hall), Katherine Broderick (Cardiff Singer of the World, 2013 finalist and winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Prize in 2007), and Kathryn Rudge (the Sunday Times Rising Star of 2o12).

Duncan is currently a tutor of piano at Manchester University, Chetham’s School of Music and at the Royal Northern College of Music Junior Department. He is also the President of Leigh Music Society and Artistic Director of the Uppermill Coffee Concerts Series in Saddleworth.

Duncan has enjoyed success in various prizes and competitions, including first prize in the 1994 John Ireland Competition. He trained at the Royal Northern College of Music with Renna Kellaway and John Gough, where he followed the joint degree course with Manchester University, graduating with a first class honours degree, the RNCM graduate and postgraduate Diplomas, and the prestigious RNCM Diploma in professional performance.

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Beethoven No 1 in C
Beethoven No 2 in Bb
Beethoven No 3 in C minor
Beethoven No 5 in E flat
Brahms No 1 in D minor

Copland Concerto
Dohnànyi Variations on a Nursery Rhyme
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
Grieg Concerto in A minor
Liszt No 1 in Eb

Mozart No 17 in G K453
Mozart No 20 in D minor K466
Mozart No 21 in C K467
Mozart No 23 in A K488

Poulenc D min for 2 pianos
Rachmaninov No 2 in C minor
Rachmaninov Paganini Rhapsody
Ravel Concerto in G
Schumann Concerto in A minor


“Painters and Poets”
Shakespeare, Petrarch, Heine and paintings by Raphael and Goya are all brought to life in this highly colourful and evocative programme.

Beethoven Sonata in D min (“Tempest”)
Liszt Sposalizio
Petrarch Sonnet no 104
Schumann/Liszt Widmung

Granados The Maiden and the Nightingale
From “Goyescas”
Prokofiev Pieces from “Romeo and Juliet”

Schubert and Chopin were the first to elevate Impromptus and Fantasies to works of high art. Schubert’s beloved Impromptus of 1827 are here paired with astonishingly original masterpieces of Schumann and Chopin.

Mozart Fantasia in D minor
Schubert 4 Impromptus D935

Schumann Fantasiestucke Book 1
Chopin Fantasie-Impromptu
Polonaise-Fantasie op 61

“Franz Liszt and Friends”
A programme to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Liszt’s birth in 1811. Some of his well-known works alongside more unfamiliar gems, plus pieces by his immediate contemporaries.

Mendelssohn Prelude and Fugue in E min
Schumann Kinderszenen
Chopin Polonaise in A flat (“Heroic”) op 53

Liszt Benediction of God in Solitude
Liszt Consolations and Liebestraume
Liszt Waltz from Gounod’s “Faust”


In addition to his solo concerts, Duncan also enjoys collaborating with string instrumentalists in duo recitals. Major repertoire performed to date includes:


Beethoven Sonata in F major op 24 ‘Spring’
Sonata in C minor op 30 no 2
Sonata in G major op 30 no. 3
Sonata in A op 47 ‘Kreutzer’
Sonata in G major op 96

Brahms Sonata in G major op 78
Sonata in A major op 100
Sonata in D minor op 108
Scherzo in C minor WoO 2

Elgar Sonata in E minor op 82

Falla Siete canciones populares españolas

Franck Sonata in A major

Grieg  Sonata no 2 in G op 13

Lutoslawski Subito

Macmillan After the Tryst

Messiaen Theme et Variations

Prokofiev Sonata in F minor op 80
Sonata in D op 94b

Ravel Sonata and Tzigane

Schubert Duo in A major D 574

Schumann Sonata in A minor op 105

Strauss Sonata in Eb major op 18


Brahms Sonata in F minor op 120 no 1
Sonata in Eb major op 120 no 2

Britten Lacrymae

Schubert Sonata D 821 “Arpeggione”

Schumann Märchenbilder
Adagio and Allegro op 70


JS Bach Gamba Sonata in G BWV1027

Barber Sonata op 6

Beethoven Sonata in A major op 69
Sonata in C major op 102 no 1
Sonata in D major op 102 no 2
12 Variations on “See, the conqu’ring hero comes” WoO 45
7 Variations on “Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen” WoO 46
12 Variations on “Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen” op 66

Brahms Sonata in E minor op 38
Sonata in F major op 99

Chopin Sonata in G minor op 65

Debussy Sonata

Franck Sonata in A major

Grieg Sonata in A minor

Janacek Pohadka

Lutoslawski Grave

Macmillan Kiss on Wood

Mendelssohn Variations concertantes op 17

Martinu Variations on a Slovak Theme
Variations on a Theme of Rossini

Prokofiev Sonata op 119

Rachmaninov Sonata op 19

Schubert Sonata D. 821 “Arpeggione”

Schumann Adagio and Allegro op 70
Fantasiestucke op 73
5 Stucke im Volkston op 102

Shostakovich Sonata op 40

Stravinsky Suite Italienne

Some recordings of Duncan

Chopin: Nocturne in E flat op.9 no.2

Wagner arr. Liszt: Isolde's Liebestod

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Verdi arr. Liszt: Concert Paraphrase from Rigoletto