Kevin Duggan


Born in Somerset in 1959, Kevin Duggan was a pupil of Wells Cathedral School and Wells Blue School. He was interested in music from an early age, learning the piano, composing and singing in church choirs. He subsequently read music at Bath University, and spent a further year at the Royal College of Music. He studied organ with Dudley Holroyd, Richard Popplewell and Nicolas Kynaston, harpsichord with David Ponsford and Ruth Dyson, and composition with George Odam. He took part in organ masterclasses with Gillian Weir, Johannes Geffert and Egbert Schoenmaker. Kevin won the RCM Clavichord Prize in 1981, the West of England Organ Competition in 1983, and reached the semifinals of the 1992 Odense International Organ Competition.
Kevin has given organ recitals in many European countries, venues including St. Paul's Cathedral in London, Ulm Münster in Germany, St. Jacob's in Prague, Cagliari in Sardinia and Copenhagen Cathedral in Denmark. He has also accompanied a large variety of major choral works. He is an experienced piano accompanist, and was harpsichordist for Bath Baroque for several years.
Composition is an abiding interest. In 2006 he wrote “Kontakion for Bornholm”, a large-scale cantata in connection with the 60th anniversary of Bornholm’s liberation from the Russians. “Sinfonia Nordica” for organ received its first performance in July 2005. Other music varies from songs and instrumental music to a String Quartet premiered by the Carl Nielsen Quartet in 1992. Choral music includes “An Irish Trilogy”, based on medieval poems, and various liturgical works. Kevin has recently completed “Nicolaimessen” for soloists, SSAATTBB and organ, and has been commissioned to write a piece for viola and organ.
Kevin was for several years Musical Director of Bristol Chamber Choir, and the small English chamber choir “Nordic Voices”, also working as a church musician. He has conducted music in a variety of styles, ranging from Mozart Masses to new commissions and world music.
Kevin is currently Director of Music at Rønne on the Danish island of Bornholm in Denmark, a church with a flourishing musical life including two choirs and approximately 50 concerts a year featuring many musical combinations. An international organ festival is now established in Rønne during the second week of August.
Kevin is an examiner for the Associated Board and has adjudicated for a number of music festivals.