Gill Styles (soprano) & Richard Silk (harpsichord)
with Jonathan Naylor (trumpet)
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. (Both these instruments are also available for hire on 01694 722649.) 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.
Gill Styles was born in West Yorkshire. She attended Huddersfield School of Music where she studied piano with Ruth Ramsden, bassoon with Maurice Ashworth and voice with Eileen Matthews, after which she went on to study music at Goldsmiths’ College, University of London. Since graduating, Gill has enjoyed accompanying singers and post grade eight students for performances and examinations, as well as singing in several local choirs. Gill enjoys playing piano duets with Richard Walker and has performed at various venues in Shropshire and Worcestershire.
Gill currently works as a Year Two teacher at Shrewsbury High Prep. School and is responsible for teaching music in the Pre-Prep, where she runs a Pre-Prep choir, percussion group and learns to play the ukulele alongside the children in the Pre-Prep Ukulele Players (Little PUPs).
Jonathan Naylor was born in Yorkshire and studied trumpet at Huddersfield School of Music with David James and cornet with Philip McCann. He then moved to Glasgow to attend the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, where he studied trumpet with John Gracie. Jonathan was principal cornet with CWS Glasgow Brass Band for a number of years and has played as a freelance trumpet player with Scottish Opera Orchestra, RSNO, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Scottish Ballet Orchestra.
Currently, Jonathan is full time brass tutor with North Lanarkshire Council, and trumpet tutor for the North Lanarkshire Jazz Orchestra and the North Lanarkshire Wind Orchestra, as well as being principal trumpet for a brass quintet – Bold as Brass (which performed at the Arts Festival in 2009).
Purcell – Two Songs:
Music for a while
Fairest Isle (Venus’s song from the opera King Arthur)
Byrd – Pavana and Galiardo: The Earle of Salisbury
Dowland – Three Songs:
Come again, sweet love doth now invite
Can she excuse my wrongs?
Fine knacks for ladies
Farnaby – Nobody’s Gigge
Three Shakespeare Songs:
Morley – It was a lover and his lass (As you like it)
Anon – O willo, willo, willo! (Othello)
Arne – Where the bee sucks, there suck I (The Tempest)
Purcell – Suite No 6 in D major
Song with trumpet:
Purcell – Hark! The echoing Air (The Fairy Queen)