Chris Lacey & Richard Silk
Armstrong Gibbs – Suite in A major
Hilary Taggart – Ocean Tide, from ‘In the Sun’ for alto flute
Ivor R Foster – Two Pieces
Lennox Berkeley – Concert Study in Eb for piano
York Bowen – Miniature Suite
Born in London and educated at Wandsworth School, Chris Lacey gained his passionate
interest in music through performances with the school choir at the Aldeburgh Festival
with Benjamin Britten. Chris asked to learn an instrument and was given a flute as it was
the only instrument left in the cupboard! Chris studied at the Royal Academy of Music,
and after a short spell with the London Festival Ballet, he joined the Royal Shakespeare
Company in London, where he worked on seminal theatrical productions such as
Nicholas Nickleby, and Les Misérables. Whilst in the pit for the smash hit musical Miss
Saigon, he maintained a busy schedule playing and teaching, and was a frequent visitor
to recording studios, playing on sessions for films, television and radio.
Chris moved to South Shropshire in 2011 and has established a busy schedule of teaching
and playing. He runs a Community choir in Ludlow and is as busy playing as ever!
Richard Silk attended Wolverhampton Grammar School and then won a scholarship to
study music at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, finishing with an MA and Mus B
in composition and organ performance. From 1959 to 1971 he was Director of Music at
Magdalen College School, Oxford and conductor of Oxford Harmonic Society. He was
Assistant University Organist at both Cambridge and Oxford.
From 1971-2002 he taught at Birmingham Conservatoire, eventually becoming Director of
Studies. During this time he conducted the Birmingham Choral Union, sang with Ex
Cathedra and held the post of organist at Carrs Lane Church, Birmingham. He also
continued his performing career with broadcasts and concerts both in the UK and
Europe. After retirement he returned to Cambridge to study the harpsichord, and has
given many recitals both as a soloist and with The Borromini Ensemble between 1993 and
2005. With them he recorded two CDs.
He now concentrates on chamber music and performs regularly at the Gateway and St
Chad’s in Shrewsbury, working particularly with David Joyce (violin), Chris Lacey
(Flute) and Sarah Westwood (soprano). He specialises in Baroque music and plays
continuo with many groups on either chamber organ or harpsichord. Other interests include the
maintenance with his wife of their nature reserve for Shropshire Wildlife Trust and the
exploration of Shropshire’s old lead mines.