Royal Holloway Choir – Festival of La Dive Musique Collégiale Saint-Martin, August 3, 2022 8:00 p.m., Candes-Saint-Martin.

Wednesday August 3, 8 p.m. On site Free participation,, 06 46 87 62 92
Considered one of the best choirs in Great Britain, the Royal Holloway University choir, used to playing before the Queen, will sing the splendor of French and English music…

Considered one of Britain’s finest mixed choirs, the Royal Holloway University Choir are used to playing before the Queen of England… But on August 3, it will be under the vaults funded by other kings , those of the Collegiate Church of Candes-Saint-Martin, largely sponsored by the Plantagenets, Counts of Anjou and Touraine and Kings of England… in the Middle Ages!

Created in 1886, when the Royal Holloway University was founded, a pioneering university reserved for women, the choir was therefore initially only female until the university became mixed in 1965. The Royal Holloway Choir comprises 24 choristers, who ensure the weekly service of the offices of the chapel, more than fifty concerts a year, international tours, recordings (which are the subject of excellent reviews in all the major musical publications), broadcasts of television and radio…

The Royal Holloway Choir, under the musical direction of Rupert Gough, offers a program highlighting the splendours of English and French sacred music, from the Renaissance to the 20th century.

Splendor of English and French music: Orlando Gibbons, William Byrd, Thomas Tallis, Thomas Weelkes, Charles Villers Stanford, Christophe Loiseleur des Longchamps, Maurice Duruflé, Pierre Villette, William Harris, Bob Chilcott

Concert “outside the festival”, free participation (no ticket office).

La Dive Musique aims to create emulation around ancient and baroque music and thus allow as many people as possible to come and discover it… and love it! It is delighted to support by welcoming it, in the heart of Touraine-Angevine dear to the Plantagenets who became kings of England, a choir as renowned as it is exceptional in its quality, such as the Royal Holloway Choir.

Program: Splendor of English and French Music
Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625) O clap your hands together
William Byrd (1540-1623) Kyrie (Mass for five voices) – Gloria (Mass for five voices)
Thomas Tallis (c.1505-85) O nata lux
William Byrd Sanctus (Mass for five voices)
Thomas Tallis In manus tuas
William Byrd Agnus (Mass for five voices)
Thomas Weelkes (1576-1623) When David heard – Hosanna to the son of David
Charles Villers Stanford (1852-1924) Coelos ascendit hodie
Christophe Loiseleur des Longchamps Dextera Domini (Offertory for Easter Day)
Maurice Duruflé (1902-86) Ubi caritas
Pierre Villette (1926-98) Hymn to the Virgin
William Harris (1883-1973) Making is the heaven
Charles Villiers Stanford The Blue Bird
Bob Chilcott (1955-) High Flight

The Royal Holloway Choir
The Royal Holloway University Choir is considered one of the finest mixed-voice collegiate choirs in Britain. Their recordings have received excellent reviews in all major music publications.
Created when the Royal Holloway University was founded in 1886, a pioneering university because it was reserved for women, the choir was therefore only female until 1965, when the university became coeducational.
The choir is made up of 24 choristers, who perform the weekly services of the chapel services, more than fifty concerts a year, international tours, recordings and television and radio broadcasts. It is the only choir to give a weekly concert broadcast on its own Youtube channel! He specializes in late Renaissance and contemporary music, especially from the Baltic States and the United States. The album Winter Songs with Gjeilo, released in 2018, reached number 1 in the classical music charts in the UK and the US!
The choir regularly collaborates with and performs alongside many famous ensembles, including the King’s Singers and the BBC Singers. He also regularly commissions new works. His varied repertoire also includes large-scale works, including Monteverdi’s Vespers, Mozart’s Requiem or Gabriel Jackson’s “Ave regina coelorum” for choir and electric guitar! They are brought to participate in many festivals. The choir has toured most European countries and has been broadcast on television and radio all over the world. The choir also sings regularly at prestigious events, such as the celebrations of the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, in the presence of the Queen of England and the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Rupert Gough, Music Director
Rupert Gough has been Director of Choral Music and Organist at Royal Holloway University London since 2005. He is also Organist and Director of Music at London’s oldest church, Saint Bartholomew the Great, which has a professional choir. At Royal Holloway he transformed the Chapel Choir into an elite formation of 24 specialist choralists.
Chorister at the Royal Chapels (St James’s Palace, London), Rupert Gough obtained (with distinction) an MA in English Church Music from the University of East Anglia and an organ scholarship at Norwich Cathedral. For 11 years he was subtitular at Wells Cathedral during which time he made around 30 recordings. He has worked with a number of professional ensembles, including the BBC Singers, the King’s Singers, the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra… He regularly commissions new works. Earlier this year he recorded a new album of French music for soprano and organ at Buckfast Abbey with former Royal Holloway pupil Sarah Fox.

Saint-Martin Collegiate Church place de la Collegiate Church, 37500 Candes-Saint-Martin, Indres-et-Loire 37500 Candes-Saint-Martin Indre-et-Loire

Wednesday August 3 – 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.