RSNO Associate Principal Horn Christopher Gough promoted to head of section
The Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) has appointed twenty-five year old Christopher Gough as its new Principal Horn. Christopher joined the RSNO as Associate Principal Horn last year.
Christopher, originally from Carshalton, Surrey, attended London’s Junior Royal College of Music from 2003 to 2009 and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland from 2010 until 2015. He has been a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, has benefitted from participating in both the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (BBCSSO) and Scottish Opera Apprenticeship schemes, and has performed with the RSNO, BBC SSO and Scottish Opera. Christopher won Merton Young Musician of the Year in 2003, the Royal Conservatoire of Music Anthony Gray Horn Prize in 2009, and the New Composition Award from the National Festival of Music for Youth in 2006.
RSNO Music Director Peter Oundjian: “It gives me very great pleasure in appointing Chris as Principal Horn of the RSNO. Since he arrived with us in 2015 he has been the consummate professional and a joy to work with and will be a stalwart leader of a leading section with an historic legacy.”
New RSNO Principal Horn Christopher Gough: “‘Having lived and studied in Glasgow over the past six years, it is a great pleasure and privilege for me to now become a member of an orchestra that I’ve listened to and held in such high regard throughout my time in Scotland. Working with the RSNO has already been an incredible learning experience at this early stage of my career, and I’m very excited to continue that experience as the new Principal Horn.”
In addition to appointing Christopher the RSNO also recently welcomed Holly Mathieson as its new Assistant Conductor.
The RSNO continues its 125th anniversary celebration in 2016:17, and opens with Music Director Peter Oundjian conducting a programme which includes Rachmaninov’s Symphony No2, Khachaturian’s Waltz from Masquerade and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with soloist Nicola Benedetti, at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh on Friday 7 October and at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Saturday 8 October. For more information visit www.rsno.org.uk.