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Christopher Gough has been Principal Horn of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra since 2016. He studied French horn and composition at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland from 2010 to 2014 and after graduating quickly gained prominence in the Scottish freelance scene, regularly performing with the RSNO, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Opera and Scottish Ballet. He guests as Principal with many of the other leading UK orchestras.


As a composer and arranger, Christopher is in high demand. Prizes include the Music for Youth Composers’ Prize and the RNCM Young Composer for Brass Band, and runner-up for the Associated Board International Young Composers’ Competition. Having taken a year’s sabbatical from playing the horn in order to develop further his skills as a composer, in July 2020 Christopher graduated from Berklee College of Music Valencia with a Master’s in scoring for film, television and videogames. On graduation, he was selected for the ‘Outstanding Scholar Award’, as recognition of his studies and success during the course.


Christopher’s works have featured in many notable concert series, including at the St Magnus Festival, the RSNO Chamber Series, the RSNO 2020 Digital Season, Cottier Chamber Project and annual British Horn Society conference. He continues to write alongside a successful career as a professional French hornist.

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