The choir of Royal Holloway University of London, directed by Rupert Gough, perform a variety of music from Europe and beyond.
Sunday 18 October 2020, 3pm
Royal Holloway University of London Choir
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 regularly collaborates with other ensembles such as the King’s Singers, London Mozart Players and Fretwork.
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 regularly sing at festivals, including at Presteigne in 2018. The choir also has a large discography, including 7 on the Hyperion Label. Their most recent (Ola Gjeilo: Winter Songs) was No. 1 in the UK and US classical chart, and forthcoming releases include music by Ben Parry, Joanna Marsh and James Francis Brown. Upcoming projects include concerts in Italy and Germany, as well as a project with the Britten Sinfonia and Thomas Adès in performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in 2019.
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, Saint Bartholomew the Great, which maintains a professional choir. At Royal Holloway Rupert has developed the choral programme to include weekly choral recitals, choral conducting courses for undergraduates, many new choral commissions and transformed the Chapel Choir into an elite group of 24 choral scholars. The Choir has particularly come to prominence through their series of recordings for Hyperion Records. Their latest recording of the music of Ola Gjeilo with Decca Classics was top of the US and UK charts over Christmas.
United Church of Egham, Egham High Street
£12 standard price, £7 student and under 21
Accompanied children under 16 free
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