Principal Horn Christopher Gough

Supported by The Springbank Distillers Chair

When did you join the RSNO?
I joined the RSNO in January 2016.

Where are you from?

Where did you study?
The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

What do you enjoy most about being in the RSNO?
I love the wide variety of repertoire that we have the opportunity to play. From Wagner to John Williams, playing alongside friends and colleagues who I respect so highly is a great way to experience all the music that the orchestral genre has to offer.

Tell us your favourite RSNO story/memory so far.
Playing Die Walkure at the Edinburgh festival alongside our previous 4th horn, Robert Macintosh, was a real highlight. With a career spanning over 45 years, he had played the Ring Cycle several times, and sitting next to him was not only a privilege, but always a tremendous learning experience.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not playing with the Orchestra?
I’m always interested in trying to learn new languages, but admittedly at times, just English is still a struggle!

Do you have any hidden talents?
Still trying to find them.

If you could have dinner with anyone (alive or dead) who would it be, and why?
Bill Maher, Nina Simone, William Walton, Russell Brand, Quentin Tarantino, Jennifer Lawrence, my grandmother on my Dad’s side and my great, great grandfather. All people where I would never run out of questions to ask.

You’re stranded on a desert island. You’re allowed 3 CDs and 1 book. What would they be, and why?
Stevie Wonder Innervisions – Has one of my all time favourite songs, Golden Lady, on it.
La boheme, Sir Colin Davis Royal Opera House – it was one of the first operas I ever saw and I still find it spine tingling.
Sergio Mendes, Timeless – great songs, great artists and if i’m going to be on a desert island I might as well have some Latin music to set the mood.
Book: Danny the Champion of the world – I think Roald Dahl was a genius, and when I was growing up, it was one of the first books that kept my interest throughout.