Duncan Appleby was born and grew up in Edinburgh. He attended St. Mary’s Music School and Edinburgh Academy, and studied at Birmingham Conservatoire (BMus Hons) and the Royal College of Music (MPerf, Piano accompaniment).
In 2013 he was appointed Director of Music and Organist at St Ninian’s Church in Edinburgh. For three years he was Head of Keyboard at St Catherine’s School, Bramley, stepping down at Easter 2022 to pursue more performance opportunities.
Duncan is a thoughtful and expressive musician whose empathy and skill enable him to collaborate sensitively with instrumentalists and singers. Over the years, his playing and singing has delighted audiences in Edinburgh, Birmingham, Bognor Regis, Rugby, London, and Banff (Canada).
Duncan’s teaching practise emphasises thoughtful and creative approaches to learning, which stem from his understanding and appreciation of the psychology of learning. This in turn informs his own performance and study, creating a beneficial cycle between the two disciplines.
Duncan wide-ranging abilities take him outside his own direct performance. He currently directs the Guildford Barbershop Harmony Chorus, and acted as Assistant MD for two whole-school musicals while at St Catherine’s. His interest in the recording process led him to work with Ioannis Theodoridis on many projects. These include filming a piano course for Tonebase with Penelope Roskell, Professor of Piano at Trinity Laban Conservatoire.