Biographies


THOMAS DUCHAN: MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Thomas Duchan leads a very busy musical life and is currently musical director of three local choirs, Hedingham Singers and Witham Singers as well as the Braintree Male Voice Choir.

Having sung in choirs from an early age, he went on to read music at the University of Chichester, studying piano with Jonathan Plowright and Terence Allbright, conducting with Crispin Ward and Arthur Robson and singing with Susan Legg and Ian Bear.

He then became an associate lecturer at the university and is now a freelance vocal tutor at the Urdang Academy in London. Over the last 10 years, Thomas has also been involved in many national productions either as musical assistant or director, chorus master or accompanist. These include three operas for West Sussex Opera, five Chichester Festival shows, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in 2013, The Official Kate Bush Tour in 2014, Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre in 2015, The Tina Turner Musical at The Aldwych in 2018 and the Olivier awards at The Royal Albert Hall in 2019 among many others.

Locally, apart from numerous choral concerts, Thomas recently was both musical director and director of production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe for Witham Amateur Operatic Society and he was also involved with The Smallest Show on Earth at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester, in 2015.

Thomas feels fortunate to have been able to learn from and to work with some wonderful local conductors including Hans Montañana and Elisabeth Miller who showed him the joy in bringing local people together to sing.