Recent CD Recordings

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English Romantic Madrigals

Neglected choral gems from the Victorian era and brought back to life by the Choir of Royal Holloway. From Robert Pearsall's haunting Lay a garland to stunning multi-part polyphony from Parry and Stanford there is much to enjoy in this beautiful new recording.

 

"Some impeccably judged interpretations, executed with equal skill"

Gramophone, July 2016

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Carols from Royal HollowayPhilips Cantiones sacrae

By popular request - a new CD of Christmas favourites! Bringing together the music, atmosphere and ethos of Christmas at Royal Holloway in the Chapel. The music begins with Advent, moves through the nativity scene and concludes in celebration with both sacred and secular music. Also featuring poetry read by Prunella Scales and Timothy West.

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Calm on the listening ear of nightPhilips Cantiones sacrae

The choir's new release features music from two great American choral composers: René Clausen and Stephen Paulus. Expressive tonal colours and rich harmonies abound in this mix of sacred and secular music. A number of Christmas pieces are included featuring harp and violin.



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Hymns to Saint CeciliaPhilips Cantiones sacrae

A wealth of British music in praise of the patron saint of music from composers including Britten, Dyson, Elgar, Howells and Vaughan Williams. Two new works were commissioned from James MacMillan and Gabriel Jackson. For Jackson's la Musique, the choir is joined by our distinguished alumni Dame Felicity Lott..

"a glorious compendium in every way ...
from the ever-impeccable Royal Holloway Choir" *****
Choir & Organ, Nov 2014

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Kreek's notebookPhilips Cantiones sacrae

This third Baltic recording sees the choir joined by the Britten Sinfonia for a rich collection of music from Estonia and latvia. The main work is Kreek’s Notebook where Tõnu Kõrvits (born 1969) pays homage to Cyrillus Kreek while presenting a contemporary view of traditional Estonian folk hymns. Alongside this eight-movement work are pieces by Latvian composers Peteris Plakidis and Arturs maskats.

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"Gough and his voices deliver a spellbinding performance"
International Record Review, June 2013

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PPhilips Cantiones sacraehilips: Cantiones sacrae octonis vocibus (1613)

This new recording features the 8-part motets of Peter Philips (1560/1-1628) and will officially be released on February 25th 2013, 400 years since the music was first published in Antwerp. Many of these stunning motets have never been recorded before.
The choir are joined by the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble in an attempt to recreate authentic sounds from the early 17th century. Although an Englishman, Philips lived in Brussels in exile because of his Catholic faith and, following a period of study in Italy, his compositions took on a distinctly southern European style.
For this recording all new editions were prepared by former Royal Holloway Director of Chapel Music, Prof. Lionel Pike.

"Rupert Gough and his fresh young voices make a convincing case
for these unjustly neglected works"

The Observer, Jan 2013

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Endless BorderBo Hansson: Endless Border (2012)

 

Critic’s Pick: International Choral Magazine:

“Gough creates a selection of choral musical delights...each with exquisite treatment of text and perfect performance of sensitive musical nuances”

 

"This marvellous disc devoted to the works of Bo Hansson not only pays tribute to the Swedish composer's fresh, melodic choral writing but also to the uniformly excellent vocal ensemble"
Choir & Organ, May 2012

 

The Swede Bo Hansson is a man of many talents: a guitarist, and a composer of a wide range of music in folk and jazz idioms. Choral music might be a relatively recent departure for him but its roots run deep, back to the days of his childhood when he sang as a treble in his local choir. He has observed that ‘the human voice is the closest you can come to your soul’ and in that search he writes music that demands much of its performers in its sustained intensity of sound, a penchant for a cappella and a fresh way with word-setting even in the most established of texts, as in the darting energy of the Gloria from the Missa brevis.

"Rupert Gough and his Royal Holloway Choir are no strangers to Hyperion, having previously made waves in music by Baltic composers Miškinis and Dubra. Here’s yet another sign that he’s one of the most
exciting choral conductors of his generation."

Hyperion Records

 

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Vytautas Miškinis: Time is Endless (2010)Vytautas Miškinis: Time is Endless

Time is endless, released in November 2010, features music from Lithuanian composer Vytautas Miškinis. His music, while bearing identifiable Lithuanian roots, is a synthesis of different influences carefully shaped and moulded with an experienced understanding of choral orchestration. The overall effect Hyperion describe as "luscious, radiant and exotic".

"Rupert Gough has wrought wonders with his Egham choristers... such compelling and committed singing, this benchmark recording has whetted my appetite for much more. Enjoy!"
Editor's Choice - Gramophone, Dec 2010

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Rihards Dubra: Hail, Queen of HeavenRihards Dubra: Hail, Queen of Heaven

This recording represents a selection of pieces by Latvian composer Rihards Dubra, from early experimentation to fully formed style - a style that fuses minimalism and neo-romantic melodies with the inflections and philosophy of Gregorian, Medieval and Renaissance music.

"Royal Holloway's fabulous choristers and their inspired conductor convey the purity and spiritual fervour of Dubra's ear-catching output."
Classic FM Magazine, Dec 2009

Chosen by MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL as Recording of the Year 2010.

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Carson Cooman: The Revelations of Divine Love (Metaphors from Sea and Sky) (2009)Carson Cooman: The Revelations of Divine Love (Metaphors from Sea and Sky)

The Revelations of Divine Love (Metaphors from Sea and Sky), a new oratorio by young American composer Carson Cooman, was commissioned for the Choir of Royal Holloway. The oratorio sets texts of the early English mystic Julian of Norwich.

This is a live concert recording of the US premiere given in Harvard with the Buttrick Sinfonia. This is a US release and can only be purchased outside of the US directly from The Choir of Royal Holloway via this website.

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Carson Cooman: Sacred Choral Music (2008)Carson Cooman: Sacred Choral Music

Young American Carson Cooman is a prolific composer. His music is more harmonically advanced than his fellow countrymen Lauridsen and Whitacre, yet his music remains immediately accessible to the listener, and begs repeated listening.

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O Sacrum Convivium (2008)O Sacrum Convivium

Rupert Gough's first recording with Royal Holloway Choir, the 'sacred banquet' of music spans the 16th to 21st centuries. It includes Arvo Pärt’s Magnificat, Holst's Nunc Dimittis, and pieces by Byrd, Bruckner, Stanford and Weelkes. The title track is Gabriel Jackson's setting of O sacrum convivium.

"careful and accurate... they blend perfectly, they shade sensitively, they appear to work with like mind towards an agreed ideal of choral sound.
What more can one ask for?"

Gramophone, May 2008

"The mixed choir of Royal Holloway College makes a truly fabulous sound under the direction of Rupert Gough. The title track... is a serene vehicle for these beautifully pure voices."
The Times, March 2008

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Grands Jeux (2007)Grands Jeux

This is the first full CD recording of the Chapel's 3-manual Harrison and Harrison organ, by the College Organist, Rupert Gough. The repertoire has been carefully chosen to suit the French-inspired characteristics of this remarkable instrument. The CD includes Suite Brève by Jean Langlais, Quatre pièces sur des cantiques Bretons by Jean-Dominique Pasquet and ten lively Provencal Noëls written in a neo-baroque style by Guy Morançon.

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Latest News

Chapel Services resume on Sunday 17th September, see our services page for details.

Midweek Music

The choir's term-time weekly concert series will begin again on 27th September at 1:15-1:45. Admission Free. To find out more about this popular series, see our page for Midweek Music.

 

Upcoming Events

The Choir will be performing Fauré's Requiem on Thursday 2nd November at St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Please see the diary page for more details and to discover more upcoming performances.