Tour 2015: Introducing... Duncan Ward

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After assisting Sir Mark Elder on the 2014 Glyndebourne Festival production of La traviata, the exciting young British conductor Duncan Ward makes his Glyndebourne debut conducting Don Pasquale for the 2015 Glyndebourne Tour.

Name: Duncan Ward
Nationality: British

Career to date: Born in Kent, he attended Dartford Grammar School and Royal Northern College of Music. Following a month working in India in 2006, he co-founded the WAM Foundation which sends young UK musicians to the country each year to teach Western classical music. The charity attracted the attention of the late Ravi Shankar, who invited Duncan to study with him in California in 2010. From 2012 to 2014 he was the Conducting Scholar of the Berliner Philharmoniker Orchester-Akademie, to which he was appointed on the recommendation of Sir Simon Rattle. In 2015 he became Principal Conductor of Sinfonia Viva, and he was recently appointed Associate Conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Also an accomplished composer, he won the 2005 BBC Young Composer of the Year and is now published by Peters Edition.

He says:

“Opera is in many ways the epitome of the art forms in all the disciplines that it unites. That striving for perfect synergy between staging, scenery, choreography, costume, singers, chorus, orchestra etc is what makes it so challenging but ultimately so rewarding for all involved and not least the audience when it works…”
Duncan Ward in an interview with Askonas Holt

What the critics say:

“Duncan is one of the most engaging, intriguing, and exciting young talents – a real star for the future.”
BBC Radio 3


Don Pasquale runs at Glyndebourne until 31 October then visits Canterbury, Milton Keynes, Norwich, Plymouth and Woking as part of the 2015 Glyndebourne Tour.


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