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, which maintains a professional choir. 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.
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.
As a conductor he has worked with a variety of professional choirs and orchestras including the Britten Sinfonia, the London Mozart Players, the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and Florilegium. Rupert has recently been a guest conductor with the BBC Singers for a celebration of George Herbert in February
Liam Condon is currently the Senior Organ Scholar at Royal Holloway, University of London and Director of Music of St Michael and St Mary Magdalene Church, Easthampstead. He began by learning the Piano, and singing in a local church choir, before moving on to study the organ in 2014, achieving his Grade 8 in the instrument only two years later. After learning with Philip Wharton, Liam now studies with Rupert Gough.
The Choir of Royal Holloway is considered to be one of the finest mixed-voice collegiate choirs in Britain. Their recordings on the Hyperion label have attracted top reviews from all major music publications. Equally at home on the concert platform, the choir gives 50-plus concerts a year with a particular specialism in music from the late renaissance and contemporary music, especially from the Baltic states. The choir also benefits from a unique training programme in collaboration with The King’s Singers – Royal Holloway’s Ensemble in Residence.
Created at the time of the foundation of Royal Holloway in 1886, the choir was originally only for women’s voices. The mixed choir now comprises 24 Choral Scholars which are generously funded as a part of the Santander Universities Scheme. These choral scholars undertake a busy schedule of weekly services, as well as concerts, international tours, recordings and broadcasts. In addition to these, Royal Holloway is also the only university that still maintains a tradition of daily sung morning services. The choir has been fortunate to sing at a number of high-profile events including the 2014 Festival of Remembrance at the Albert Hall (live on BBC TV), an awards ceremony at Buckingham Palace and performing a new John Rutter commission for the Magna Carta 800th anniversary in front of HM The Queen, the Prime Minister and Archbishop of Canterbury. The choir will be making a return appearance to the Presteigne Festival in August 2018, and are featured in a recently launched disc of Ola Gjeilo’s music on the Decca Classics label.
The University of Alberta Madrigal Singers, under the direction of Leonard Ratzlaff, is an auditioned choir of around 35 singers that has distinguished itself over three decades as one of Canada’s finest university choirs. The choir’s membership is comprised of mainly music students but is open to singers from across campus through auditions each September. The Madrigal Singers perform in Convocation Hall on campus, and at other venues in Edmonton, including Winspear Centre and various churches. They have sung frequently as guests of the Edmonton Symphony, Alberta Baroque Ensemble and Pro Coro Canada.
Beyond Edmonton, the choir frequently tours western Canada, and in recent years has participated in University Voices, a festival of Canadian university choirs held in Toronto. They have performed at the national conventions of Choral Canada and the American Choral Directors Association, as well as the Alberta Music Conference. Winners in the Canadian Competition for Amateur Choirs on four occasions, their international successes have included First Prizes at competitions in Germany and Ireland. The Madrigal Singers have released five recordings, two of which (Balulalow and The Passing of the Year) won the National Choral Award from Choral Canada for best Canadian recording.