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.

In 2016 I acted as assistant conductor and continuo player in performances of Bach’s St Matthew Passion across Europe with Sir John Eliot Gardiner. 2017 has been dominated by chamber music projects, including the release of a recording of Bach’s Musical Offering  with The Bach Players, duo performances with Gawain Glenton (cornetto) and Richard Boothby (viola da gamba), and the recording of solo harpsichord music by Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre. (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.