Scots pick English principal horn, 25

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra named Christopher Gough as its new principal horn. Chris, 25 and from Surrey, has been playing in the RSNO for the past year.

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  • Many years ago when Hugh Seenan was appointed as principal horn, Sir Alex Gibson remarked that it would be the first time the orchestra had a first horn without an accent

  • What an emotive headline. (Especially today)
    Just for the record. He is half Scottish and studied entirely at the RCS.
    With Scottish professors. Just saying.
    Fabulous horn player tho.

  • Great appointment,well deserved, and many congratulations to Chris. An extremely talented French Horn player, and equally talented composer, from a very musical family. Just to put the record straight, his mother, who is a wonderful cellist is Scottish. Barry Tuckwell may wish to know that Chris has no accent either despite his Scottish connection !

    • Since Sir Alexander Gibson was Scottish, I think “having an accent” for him meant sounding English, while “not having an accent” meant sounding Scottish.

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