Silas Standage - harpsichord

Silas Standage has been active as a performer and compser from an early age. He was a chorister at St Paul's Cathedral, where he studied organ with John Scott. After a number of appointments as a church organist he was awarded organ scholarship at Trinity College, Cambridge where he studied musicology. During this time he started to play the harpsichord and directed performances of Purcell's Rairy Queen for the university. He continued his harpsichord studies with Jill Severs at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London and with Frederick Haas atthe Conservatoire Royal, Brussels.

In 1997-8 he was assistant musical director of Kent Opera and in 1998-9 he was guest professor of harpsichord at the DResdner Akademie fur Alte Musik. He now performs with many of the leading Baroque orchestras and was a soloist and assistant conductor for John Eliot Gardiner's Bach Cantata Pilgrimage in 2000.

His own chamber group, The Private Music, won the Early Music Competition in 1999 and has given concerts in the UK, Sweden and Holland. Some of his compositions have been performed and recorded by Fretwork. As a Wingate scholar he is currently editing the theatre music of Matthew Locke.