our director

Rupert Gough

Rupert Gough has been Director of Choral Music and College Organist at Royal Holloway, University of London since 2005. He is also Organist and Director of Music at London's oldest surviving church - Great Saint Bartholomew. He previously spent 11 years as Assistant Organist at Wells Cathedral where he worked closely with the choir both as accompanist and choir trainer. During this time he featured on 19 recordings as either organist or conductor, including six discs for Hyperion Records.  

At Royal Holloway Rupert has developed the choral programme to include weekly choral recitals, choral conducting courses for undergraduates, new choral commissions and transformed the Chapel Choir into an elite group of 24 choral scholars. The Choir has particularly come to prominence in the last few years through their series of recordings for Hyperion Records. They have developed a particular reputation for their performances and recordings of music from the Baltic states culminating in a major tour of these countries in 2013.

As a conductor and organist, Rupert has enjoyed commissioning from, and collaborating with, many  composers including Jonathan Harvey, James MacMillan, Gabriel Jackson, Richard Rodney Bennett, Tõnu Kõrvits, Carson P. Cooman and Tim Garland.

Rupert has worked with a variety of soloists, professional choirs, ensembles and orchestras including Julian Lloyd Webber, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, The King’s Singers, the Britten Sinfonia, the London Mozart Players, the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, the English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble, Florilegium, and Acoustic Triangle.

"Rupert Gough has wrought wonders... such compelling and committed singing"
(Gramophone Magazine)
"credit must go to Gough’s performance with its shape, at each stage of this piece, crafted flawlessly"
(Critic’s Pick: International Choral Magazine)
"Under Rupert Gough's care since 2005, the Choir of Royal Holloway College has attained standards of musicianship and technical refinement high above the reach of most student ensemble."
(Classic FM Magazine)
"a uniformly excellent vocal ensemble at Royal Holloway under their inspirational director, Rupert Gough"
(Choir and Organ Magazine)
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