Silas Wollston lectures for the Faculty of Music, teaching Fugue, Historically-Informed Performance (for the MMus), Stylistic Composition (Tonal Skills), Keyboard Skills and (in 2015) ‘The Birth of the Orchestra’, a historical course covering the period 1600–1750. He also examines for these courses and others, including the Recital option (instrumental and choral performance). For the wider university he supervises Harmony and Counterpoint, Keyboard Skills, Fugue, and dissertations which centre on source studies. He also provides one-to-one coaching in historically-informed keyboard playing. His principal research – led by his performing interests – has focused upon English music from the Restoration period to the mid-18th century. He is co-editor (with Dr John Cunningham) of the Musica Britannica volume of Matthew Locke’s violin-band music and is a council member of the Handel Institute.
Alongside his busy University schedule, Silas Wollston is highly regarded on the concert platform and has appeared at many prestigious international festivals. An acknowledged specialist in the music of the Baroque period, he is a member of The Bach Players and remains in great demand as a continuo player with several of London’s leading period-instrument ensembles, including the English Baroque Soloists, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, La Nuova Musica and the English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble.
Silas maintains his passion for choral music, an interest nurtured initially through his early training as a chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral. During his time at Queens' he greatly enhanced the reputation of the college choir, recording two discs (with Orchid Classics) and undertaking six international tours. He now acts as a conducting tutor for the M.Mus. in Choral Studies course. His compositions include a carol and a motet recorded by the choir at Queens’.