Performer

Silas Wollston playing the virginalsAs principal keyboard continuo and assistant conductor to Sir John Eliot Gardiner for more than 10 years, I have become closely associated with the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists.

Between 2011 and 2015, choral conducting became my focus when, as Director of Music at Queens’ College, Cambridge, I greatly enhanced the national profile of the college choir.

This year I am acting as assistant conductor and continuo player in performances of Bach’s St Matthew Passion across Europe, as well as appearing as a soloist in chamber music concerts in the UK. (For concert dates, see my Diary.)
“I see my role as providing the framework within which individuals can perform freely.”

As a conductor and director, I aim to create a spirit of collective endeavour, harnessing the musicianship of all the performers to create powerful, meaningful performances. I enjoy activating and developing the musicianship of those around me; while not afraid to provide strong leadership when needed, I see my role primarily as one of enabling, providing the framework within which individuals can perform freely.