Conductor & Director

Choral & Orchestral Conductor

Silas Wollston conducting a choir by candlelight in a Paris chuchI have a passion for choral music and a wealth of experience as a choir trainer, including ten years observing and assisting Sir John Eliot Gardiner. At Queens’ College (2011–2015) I significantly raised the standard of the choir, organising cathedral visits and national and international concert performances in Hungary, France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy and Hong Kong. Under my leadership Queens’ College Choir also made two recordings, issued on Orchid Classics.

Recordings

And comes the day album coverAnd comes the day, 2012: an eclectic selection of Advent music, predominantly settings of medieval English carols and the Advent Antiphons.
“A serious and thought-provoking collection of Advent works very finely performed.” (Musicweb international, David Dunmore)

For the wings of a dove album coverFor the Wings of a Dove, 2015: Mendelssohn’s famous setting of verses from Psalm 55 framed by other psalm settings and other supplicatory texts – listen to an extract from the recording session, below.

Read more about the origins and first performance of Mendelssohn’s famous setting.

Artistic Director

Between 1996 and 2003 I devised programmes and performed with the chamber ensemble The Private Music, winners of the Early Music Prize at the York International Festival in 1999. This ensemble, collectively managed and directed with soprano Hedvig Eriksson and cellist Abby Wall, gave concerts in the UK, Sweden and the Netherlands, including live broadcasts for the BBC.

Programmes

Our programmes included:

  • Music for Queen Christina of Sweden
  • I Call, I Call: Music of Supplication (for the BBC),
  • Handel and Fitzwilliam (with support from the Handel Institute)
  • The Rare Theatrical (as artists in residence at Wingfield Arts, Suffolk)
  • Ecstasy’s Sweet Shadow (as artists in residence at Blackheath Halls)
  • Music from Wren’s London (for the BBC).

Historically, ‘The Private Musick’ was the name of the elite chamber group that performed at the Stuart court, an ensemble that expanded to orchestral size in the 1680s and was directed by Henry Purcell.