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Music Director

Our Music Director is John Naylor.

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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, choir development and church administration. 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 (1957-61), 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, and The Aldeburgh Festival and in numerous broadcasts and recordings. He has sung in the cathedral choirs of Carlisle, Christ Church Oxford and Chester where until recently he could 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 whose main activity is up to three cathedral duty visits each year.

John was appointed Music Director of Nantwich Choral Society in September 2005 for whom he has now conducted many highly acclaimed performances of works in the mainstream choral repertoire.

Recent performances have included Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Rutter’s Magnificat and Sprig of Thyme, Verdi Requiem and Dvorak Stabat Mater, C B Rootham’s For the fallen, Karl Jenkins The Armed Man with NCS, Durham, Peterborough, Lichfield and Southwell cathedrals and Will Todd’s Mass in Blue at The Lymm Festival with The Lydian Singers and Blackburn, Liverpool, Oxford, Winchester and Portsmouth cathedrals with OUCC.

In addition to his musical activities, John has been Chairman of the Lichfield Diocesan Board of Finance since 2012. He is also a member of the General Synod of the Church of England.