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The Choir of Royal Holloway, University of London

Location: New York, USA
Choir type: Chamber Choirs and Vocal Ensembles
Voicing: Mixed
ROCHESTER, NY – The acclaimed Choir of Royal Holloway of the University of London, with their conductor, Rupert Gough, will perform in concert at Rochester’s Third Presbyterian Church, East Avenue at Meigs St, on Friday, April 8 at 7:30pm.  This concert is in conjunction with their 2016 Spring Tour of Canada and the US, and is being presented by Third Presbyterian Church, in partnership with WXXI Public Broadcasting.  The choir will perform a varied repertoire, for which they are rightly celebrated.  (program listed below) This not-to-be-missed concert will include a selection of the finest choral gems from England, America, Finland and the Baltic states.  Also included will be music by Rochester-born composer Carson Cooman, with whom they have collaborated on several CD recordings.  Tickets for the concert are $15 general admission; $5 students with valid ID; and children under 12 admitted free at the door.  Tickets may be purchased online at www.thirdpresbyterian.org/tickets or at the door.  The church is accessible.
 
"What more can you possibly ask for? Here is a choir of young singers, fresh of tone and fresh of mind. They blend perfectly, they shade sensitively, they appear to work with a like mind towards an agreed ideal of choral sound." Gramophone
 
The Choir of Royal Holloway is considered to be one of the finest mixed-voice collegiate choirs in Britain. Equally at home on the concert platform, the choir gives 50-plus concerts a year with a particular specialty in music from the late renaissance, and contemporary music, especially from the Baltic states. Its recordings on the Hyperion and Edition Peters Sounds labels have attracted top reviews from all major music publications. The choir also benefits from a unique training program 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 now comprises 24 Choral Scholars who undertake a busy schedule of weekly services, as well as concerts, international tours, recordings and broadcasts. In addition to these, Royal Holloway is the only university that still maintains a tradition of daily sung morning services. Recent engagements have included a residency at the Presteigne Festival, giving the first performance of a new work by Paul Mealor for the 2014 Festival of Remembrance at the Albert Hall (live on BBC TV), and a new John Rutter commission for the 2015 Magna Carta 800th anniversary in front of HM The Queen, the Prime Minister and Archbishop of Canterbury.
 
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. At Royal Holloway Rupert has developed the choral program to include weekly choral recitals, choral conducting courses for undergraduates, new choral commissions and transformed the Chapel Choir into an elite group of 24 choral scholars. The Choir has particularly come to prominence in the last three years through their series of recordings for Hyperion Records.
 
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. He is particularly renowned for his work in combination with violin as a member of the Gough Duo. As a conductor he has worked with a variety of professional choirs and orchestras including the Britten Sinfonia, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, London Mozart Players and Florilegium as well as many distinguished soloists.  
 
Programme for Third Presbyterian Church Rochester, NY – 8 April 2016
Orlando Gibbons O clap your hands
Thomas Morley Magnificat
Henry Purcell Rejoice in the Lord
Thomas Tallis If ye love me
Herbert Howells Master Tallis’s testament (Organ solo: James Kealey)
Robert Pearsall Light of my soul
John Stainer Like as the ship
Vaughan Williams Three Shakespeare Songs 1. Full fathom five 2. The cloud-Capp’d Towers 3. Over hill, Over dale
INTERVAL
René Clausen A jubilant song
Stephen Paulus Illusion & A rich brocade, from Lotus lovers
Carson P. Cooman The way, the truth, the life
Vytautas Miškinis Salve Regina
Einojuhani Rautavaara Extracts from Vigilia: 1. Psalm of invocation 2. Evening Hymn
Rihards Dubra Ave Maria
Arvo Pärt Bogorodytse Dyevo
Ēriks Ešenvalds Long Road
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