Paul Brough is the new Principal Conductor of The Hanover Band, ‘one of the finest period-instrument orchestras worldwide’. This formalises a relationship that has been nurtured over the past four seasons through repertoire from early Haydn and Mozart to Rossini and Beethoven.
Paul’s new post with The Hanover Band is reflected in his recent appointment as an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music for distinction in the music profession. A former holder of a post-student Fellowship at the Academy, he is now in his third year as a Professor, teaching conducting and academic studies and running the Specialist Conducting Elective which nourishes his ongoing research interests: namely the connection between the rise of the nineteenth century conductor and the evolvement of the Toscanini-Barzin conducting school, and the effect of the Wagnerian concept of ‘melos’ on early twentieth century autograph scores and European orchestral playing traditions.
Paul Brough has a typically varied season approaching (2007-8). He will conduct The Hanover Band in a programme of Haydn, Mendelssohn and Weber at London’s Cadogan Hall, and he has been invited back to conduct the BBC Singers following a successful studio recording of secular music by Bantock and Howells. He will make two more orchestral and choral CD recordings and he takes six weeks of study leave in Venice, observing the Robert Carsen/Jeffrey Tate production of “Siegfried” at the Gran Teatro la Fenice.
Paul Brough’s early studies were as a pianist, singer and timpanist. Born in London of English and German descent, he organised and conducted his first symphonic concerts as a schoolboy and then read Music at Oxford, winning the Mackinnon Scholarship to Magdalen College and the Boult Memorial Prize. He furthered his experience as conductor of the Oxford University Chamber Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of King’s College, London. With the generous help of the Leverhulme Trust he was able to graduate from the distinguished conducting class of Colin Metters and George Hurst. He comes to his current work from serving the worlds of teaching and lecturing, operatic and vocal coaching, choral training and sacred music. He sustains this last discipline as Director of Music at All Saints, Margaret Street in London’s West End, conducting the professional choir in a repertoire from the early renaissance to the present day. The choir’s latest work on disc, “The English Rachmaninov”, has won enthusiastic praise in ‘International Record Review’ and ‘Gramophone’ Magazine, and on BBC Radio 3 ‘Record Review’.