Rupert Gough – Director of Music at The Parish of Great St Bartholomew

Rupert Gough Rupert Gough became the first Organist and Director Music of the Parish of Great St Bartholomew on 1st June 2015, the same day the new Parish was formed. Rupert has been Director of Choral Music and College Organist at Royal Holloway, University of London since 2005. 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.

His overall discography of nearly 50 commercial recordings encompasses work as a choir director, organist and harpsichordist, and includes the organ and choral works of Sir Percy Buck (Priory), the instrumental and choral works of Carson Cooman (Naxos and Albany), the complete works for violin and organ of Josef Rheinberger and choral works of Rihards Dubra, Vytautas Miškinis and Bo Hansson (Hyperion).

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 that has come to prominence in the last three 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. They also regularly commission from, and collaborate with, contemporary composers including James MacMillan, Gabriel Jackson, Richard Rodney Bennett, Bo Hansson and, Tim Garland.

Born in 1971, Rupert was a chorister at the Chapels Royal, St. James's Palace, and won a scholarship to the Purcell School. He received (with distinction) a Masters degree in English Church Music from the University of East Anglia whilst Organ Scholar at Norwich Cathedral. In 2001, he won Third Prize at the St. Alban's International Organ Competition. He is particularly renowned for his work in combination with violin as a member of the Gough Duo. As a conductor he has worked with a variety of professional choirs and orchestras including the Britten Sinfonia, the London Mozart Players and Florilegium. He has also been fortunate to work with many distinguished soloists including Julian Lloyd Webber, Antony Rolfe Johnson, Felicity Lott, Susan Bullock, Emma Kirkby, James Bowman and Wayne Marshall.

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