Rupert Gough

Rupert GoughRupert Gough leads a busy career as both a conductor and organ recitalist combining his role as Director of Choral Music and College Organist at Royal Holloway, University of London, with numerous concert engagements.

Rupert began his musical training as a chorister at the Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace and at the Purcell School on a piano scholarship. He subsequently held Organ Scholarships at the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace, Rochester Cathedral, and Norwich Cathedral before spending 11 years as Assistant Organist at Wells Cathedral. Rupert appeared regularly with the choir in concerts all over the world, on the radio, television and can be heard on many different recording labels including six discs for Hyperion. Rupert is committed to performing new music and has premièred many new compositions, including the first performance of a new work by James MacMillan for the millennium live on BBC Radio 3.

As a solo performer, he has played at most of the major venues across the UK including St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey (London). Internationally he has performed widely from St Patrick’s Cathedral, New York to St. Sulpice in Paris. During 2001 he won Third Prize at the St. Alban’s International Organ Competition. Rupert is particularly renowned for his work in combination with the violin as a member of the Gough Duo. The Duo’s annual American tours have taken them all over the U.S.A. from Dallas to New York and Florida to Alaska. Their recordings have proved to be very popular and they have had many new compositions written for them. The American Record Guide wrote of their debut recording: ‘The playing is spectacular, the music is wonderful and the recording is superb.’

His work with orchestras includes appearing at the Teatro Municipal in San Paulo, Brazil, with the City of London Sinfonia, The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in the 2006 Hong Kong Arts Festival, and premiering a specially commissioned work for violin, organ and orchestra in festivals in Italy during the summer of 2004. At home he has performed with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, The Virtuosi of London and the London Festival Orchestra and recorded with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

Rupert enjoys regular orchestral and choral conducting with various traditional and period instrument ensembles and has been fortunate to direct many distinguished soloists including Julian Lloyd Webber (Elgar ‘Cello Concerto), Wayne Marshall (Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue), James Bowman and Emma Kirkby. He is the Founding Musical Director of the Sheldon Consort, a professional chamber choir based in the West of England. During 2006 he will be directing different choral groups in tours of Belgium, Slovenia and Latvia as well as directing a number of Mozart programmes in the UK with Emma Kirkby as soloist.

What the critics say:
‘Rupert Gough’s organ accompaniments are exemplary.’ (BBC Music Magazine, Proms 2005)
‘Playing like this cannot be bettered’ (The Organ Magazine, 2006)
‘The playing is spectacular, the music is wonderful, and the recording is superb.’ (American Record Guide, January 2001)
‘In Poulenc’s Organ Concerto, Rupert Gough played with great panache’ (Eastern Daily Press)

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