Free Pipe Organ Concert
The Gough Duo (UK) – Rupert Gough (organ) and Rachel Gough (violin)
18 May 2013 (Saturday)
Acclaimed as “Un Duo exceptionnel: the organ with its varied colours supporting the rich timbre of the very expressive violin. A superb performance…” (Press review, Alpe d’Huez, France), the Gough Duo was formed in 1997 and is the only regular violin and organ duo in United Kingdom to tour internationally. They have appeared in various European festivals and toured the United States 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. Their concerts 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.
The Duo has a number of commercial recordings available, including the works for violin, soprano and organ by S. Karg-Elert (Lammas Records) and the violin and organ suites of J. Rheinberger. They are committed to promoting new music and have had many pieces composed for them, including a Sonata by American composer C. Cooman which has been recorded for Naxos Records.
Rupert Gough leads a busy career as both a conductor and organ recitalist combining his role as Director of Choral Music and College Organist at Royal Holloway, University of London, with numerous concert engagements. Prior to this, he was the Assistant Organist at Wells Cathedral for eleven 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 St. Alban's International Organ Competition in 2001 and was featured in the Hong Kong Arts Festival 2006 with the Hong Kong Philharmonic.
Rachel Gough 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 a Master of Music Degree in Advanced Performance. She was a violin tutor at Wells Cathedral Specialist Music School for many years, also performs and records regularly as a chamber and solo violinist in the West of England. She is the Principal Second Violin of the Bristol Ensemble.
J. G. Rheinberger (1839-1901)
Six Pieces for Violin and Organ, Op. 15, No. 6
S. Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
Fourteen Songs, Op. 34, No. 14
J. Alain (1911-1940)
M. Ravel (1875-1937)
Pavane pour une infante défunte
J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
Sonata No. 6 in G Major, BWV1019a
iii. Cantabile, ma un poco adagio
C. V. Stanford (1852-1924)
Six Preludes for Organ, Op. 88, No. 3
Prelude in form of a Toccata
J. G. Rheinberger (1839-1901)
Six Pieces for Violin and Organ, Op. 15, No. 2
N. Hakim (b. 1955)
Capriccio for Violin and Organ
Free tickets are distributed at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Enquiry Counter (9am to 9pm daily) from 26 April onwards. Each patron may get a maximum of 4 tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. Audiences aged 6 and above are welcome. Running time of the concert is about 40 minutes without intermission. Members of the audience are strongly advised to arrive punctually. Latecomers will be admitted at a suitable break.
The presenter reserves the right to substitute artists and change the programme without prior notice should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.
Programme Enquiries: 2734 2009 / 2734 2819