OUR CONDUCTOR: Alan Gough ARAM; FTCL; LRAM; ARCM; Cert.Ed
Alan was born in Shropshire and studied oboe and piano at the Royal Academy of Music, where, in his final year he won the Purcell Prize for wind players. During his time at the Academy he also attended choir training classes and formed his own Chamber Choir made up of music student friends.
His first professional post was playing oboe and cor anglais with the Las Palmas Symphony Orchestra before moving to Liverpool where he worked as a freelance oboist performing with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Festival Ballet, BBC Northern Radio Orchestra and Manchester Camerata. It was in Liverpool that he also began his teaching career in the Borough of Sefton on Merseyside.
In 1981 Alan moved to Guernsey as Head of Woodwind for the Guernsey Schools Music Service and rapidly became an influential force in Guernsey's musical life. In 1983 he formed the Guernsey Chamber Choir and Orchestra and took up the post of Musical Director and Conductor of the Guernsey Choral and Orchestral Society which he held for 18 years. He was for ten years Choir Master of the Town Church St Peter Port, and in 1992 he founded the Guernsey Youth Jazz Orchestra.
In 2000 Alan was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music for his achievements as a musician. In 2001 he moved to the Middle East to teach woodwind and brass in St Christopher's School Bahrain where he also held the post of conductor of The Manama Singers.
Alan returned to Guernsey in 2004 and now works as a freelance musician and instrumental music teacher. Since his return he has formed both the Guernsey Symphonic Winds in 2005 and Guernsey Bach Choir in 2007.
Guernsey Music Centre Conductor: Rachel WrightRachel Wright grew up in Guernsey and was educated at The Ladies' College. She then continued her studies at Trinity College of Music in London before beginning her teaching career in South West London. Rachel moved to The Sultanate of Oman in 1999 where she was Director of Music at The British School - Muscat teaching pupils from Reception to Year 13. She also was musical director for a number for shows including 'The Dracula Spectacula', 'Grease' and 'Guys and Dolls' as well as directing the school choir in the International Choirs Festival in Muscat. Upon returning to Guernsey in 2006 she taught music at The Ladies' College and Melrose until July 2011. During this time she has visited Paris, Florence and Venice with the Ladies' College Choir and Orchestra and conducted the choir in St Mark's Basilica, Venice. In May 2011 Rachel was appointed Head of Vocal studies for the Schools' Music Service and began this post in September. She is now responsible for directing six choirs ranging in age from 7 years to 18 years. The Junior and Intermediate choirs have combined together for the Christmas performances with the Guernsey Choral and Orchestral Society. The children really enjoy singing in St James and being accompanied by an orchestra. It is a highlight of their year.