Music Director

Our Music Director is John Naylor.


As conductor, singer and organist, John combines extensive performance experience in world-class choirs with a lifelong passionate interest in choral music and its performance. Following a successful business career he now devotes most of his activities to conducting and choir development. His original training was as a choral scholar at St John’s College, Cambridge with the great Dr. George Guest after keyboard studies with Conrad Eden at Durham Cathedral where he was a chorister, a music scholarship at Rossall School and singing studies with Wilfrid Brown and Lyndon van der Pump from The Royal College of Music.

He subsequently became a professional member of the Chapel Royal Choir of St Peter ad Vincula at H.M. Tower of London and The Monteverdi Choir and Louis Halsey Singers, appearing at The Proms, The South Bank, The Aldeburgh Festival and in numerous broadcasts and recordings. He has sung in the cathedral choirs of Carlisle, Christ Church Oxford and Chester where he can still be occasionally spotted on the back row!

John has been Director of The Lydian Singers since founding the choir in 1980. They are now one of the leading chamber choirs in the North West and have performed extensively in the North West, Spain, France, Italy and in most of the cathedrals in Great Britain, often returning several times by invitation. He also conducts The Open University Chapel Choir.

John was appointed Music Director of Nantwich Choral Society in September 2005 for whom he has now conducted highly acclaimed performances of works in the mainstream choral repertoire including Mendelssohn's Elijah, Bach’s St John Passion and St Matthew Passion (both in Chester Cathedral), and Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Fauré’s Requiem, Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man with Ensemble Vocal Arpège de Mâcon, Mozart’s Requiem and Bach’s B minor Mass with the 18th Century Concert Orchestra, Vaughan Williams' Sea Symphony and The Lark Ascending, Haydn’s The Seasons and Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius in Chester Cathedral, Coleridge Taylor’s Hiawatha and Elgar's Enigma Variations with the Northern Concordia Orchestra, and Handel's Coronation Anthems and the Dettingen Te Deum with the 18th Century Sinfonia.

Plans for 2016 include Lichfield Cathedral, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, Worcester Cathedral, Tewkesbury Abbey and the Lymm Festival with The Lydian Singers, and Peterborough and St Albans Cathedrals with the Open University Chapel Choir.