The Gough Duo - Britain’s leading violin and organ duo
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The Gough Duo was formed in 1997 and is the only regular violin and organ duo to tour internationally.

They have appeared in various European festivals and toured the USA many times from New York to Dallas and Florida to Alaska. In 2009 they performed to a sell-out audience of 1,800 at the new Svetlanov Hall for the Moscow International Organ Festival. 2013 saw them performing to 1,200 in Hong Kong and giving the first performance of a new commission from David Bednall at La Madeleine, Paris. In the UK the Duo enjoys the challenge of performing in a variety of venues, from soirées using house or box organs to Westminster Abbey and Symphony Hall, Birmingham.

The Duo has a number of commercial recordings available, including the works for violin, soprano and organ by Karg-Elert (Lammas Records) and the violin and organ suites of Joseph Rheinberger.They are committed to promoting new music and have had many pieces composed for them, including a Sonata by American composer Carson Cooman which has been recorded for Naxos Records.

Their concert performances are always well received, featuring a pleasing variety of repertoire and a lively engagement with the audience. The duo enjoys introducing audiences to the broad array of music composed specifically for this combination of instruments, as well as performing their own arrangements of many popular works.

Rachel GoughRachel Gough

Rachel attended the University of East Anglia, where she won performance scholarships enabling her to study with Hugh Maguire, and graduated with First Class Honours in Music. With a scholarship from The Wall Trust she entered the Royal College of Music, studying with Frances Mason.

She graduated in 1997 with an MMus Degree in Advanced Performance. Rachel was for many years a violin tutor at Wells Cathedral Specialist Music School, and still performs and records regularly as a chamber and solo violinist in the West of England.

She is Principal Second Violin of the Bristol Ensemble.

Rachel plays on a Joseph Klox instrument made in Mittenwald, Germany in 1791.

Rupert GoughRupert Gough

Rupert leads a busy career as both a conductor and organist, combining his roles as Director of Choral Music and College Organist at Royal Holloway, University of London, and Organist and Director of music at Great St Bartholomew, London with numerous concert engagements.

Prior to this Rupert, was Assistant Organist at Wells Cathedral for 11 years. During this time, his accompaniments on the Hyperion recording label were described as “exemplary” by the BBC Music Magazine.

He was awarded Third Prize at the 2001 St. Alban's International Organ competition and during 2006 was featured in the Hong Kong Arts Festival with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.