Richard Silk studied at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, finishing with a Mus B in composition and organ performance. Notable teachers included Raymond Leppard, Thurston Dart, John Dykes Bower and Douglas Fox. 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, becoming Director of Studies. During this time he also conducted the Birmingham Choral Society, sang with Ex Cathedra and held the post of organist at Carrs Lane Church, Birmingham. During this time he continued his performing career with broadcasts and concerts both in the UK and Europe. After taking early retirement he returned to Cambridge to study the harpsichord with the eminent player Lucy Carolan. Since then he has given many recitals both as a soloist and with The Borromini Ensemble, a group which he founded in 1993 and which performed countrywide for the next twelve years. The ensemble also recorded two CDs. He appears regularly at The Gateway and churches in Shrewsbury both as soloist and in chamber ensembles and now lives near Church Stretton.
Peter Gosling studied the clarinet from the age of 15. While at Birmingham University reading medical biochemistry he continued his musical studies at Birmingham Conservatoire, winning the concerto competition and gaining the ABSM recital diploma with distinction. Since then he has given recitals of classical music in a variety of chamber groups including the recitals with Richard Silk, Contrasts and the Midland Chamber Players. In partnership with a graduate in mathematics also from Birmingham University accordionist Michael Adams they formed the light music duo ‘No Strings’ in 1986. Since then they have been guests with many choirs and music clubs across England and Wales. BBC Radio 2 listeners may have heard No Strings on the ‘Early Show’, and they have appeared on BRMB, BBC Radio Shropshire and BBC Radio West Midlands where they were featured as ‘Artists of the week’.