Our Conductors

Symphony Orchestra

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Monty milner


Monty is in his second year at the College of St. Hild and St. Bede where he co-founded the Hild Bede Music Society. He has a wide spectrum of musical interests and has developed a passion for music since an early age; starting the violin aged 4, the piano aged 5, and achieving diplomas in both. A regular performer in and outside of school, Monty won prizes on violin, piano, and organ and was awarded scholarships for both music and organ at King's College School, Wimbledon. 

He has extensive experience leading and playing chamber music, piano accompaniment, and has played and conducted with choirs and orchestras around the UK and Europe. Particularly enjoyable, were conducting in St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, performing a viola solo in Guildford Cathedral and singing and playing in St. Mark's, Venice, as well as La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona. As an organ scholar at school and St. Mary's, Merton, he has also conducted, rehearsed the choir, and played the organ in cathedrals around the UK, including St. Paul's, Ely, Bristol, Westminster, Chichester, and at Hampton Court and Windsor Castle. 

Monty grew up surrounded by orchestral music; attending numerous rehearsals and concerts at the Proms, Wigmore Hall, and the Barbican. He has been inspired, especially, by performances conducted by Haitink, Alsop, Knussen, and Sir Colin Davis. 

Since arriving at Durham, Monty has thrown himself into music. Most notably, playing with the 1st violins in the DUOS Symphony Orchestra, playing piano in the Jazz Society Big Band, and playing keys in DULOG's recent production of 'The Last Five Years.'

Monty is delighted to be conducting the DUOS Symphony Orchestra and is looking forward to the projects the Orchestra will be taking on over the next year. 

Chamber Orchestra




Leo is currently in his second year at South College, studying Music. He held a music scholarship throughout his time at Emanuel School, London, and has been playing oboe and piano for over 10 years; achieving his DipABRSM on the oboe at the age of 14. Leo was accepted into the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama to study oboe with Rachel Broadbent, and composition with Jeffery Wilson. 

Leo has been heavily involved in orchestral playing, as principal oboe with SYO (Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra), JGSO (Junior Guildhall Symphony Orchestra), and cor anglais with SLYO (South London Youth Orchestra). He has also had several other opportunities with orchestras such as the LSSO (London Schools Symphony Orchestra). Leo is especially grateful for the international touring opportunities that SYO provided, having had the chance to perform in countries such as France, Spain, Slovenia, and the Czech Republic. 

As a composer at Junior Guildhall, Leo had two of his pieces selected to be rehearsed in separate orchestral workshops, and was also awarded the Environ Music Composition Prize in 2020. 

Leo was given an introduction to conducting in a small workshop with VOCES8, and then in his last 2 years at Junior Guildhall, he was accepted into the Conducting Workshop, having weekly group lessons studying under Scott Wilson and Chloe Rooke. He has also been able to observe masterclasses given by conductors such as Jessica Cottis.

During his time at Durham so far, Leo has enjoyed being a part of DUPO and DUCE, in addition to DUOS; for which he was principal oboe and cor anglais in the recent concert at The Sage, Gateshead. He is very much looking forward to being able to work with the Chamber Orchestra in the upcoming year.