Over the years the Choir has been proud to have the best conductors of choral music in Guernsey – each of whom also has a fine reputation outside the Island.
Alan Gough 1982 – 2001
Alan Gough was born in Shropshire and moved to London at the age of eighteen to study oboe at the Royal Academy of Music. In his final year he won the Purcell Prize for wind players. Upon leaving the Academy he played oboe and cor anglais with the Orquestra Sinfonica de las Palmas before moving to Liverpool where he worked as a freelance oboist and started his teaching career. In 1981 Alan moved to Guernsey to take up the post of Head of woodwind for the Schools Music Service. In 1982 he was appointed Director of Music and the Town Church, St Peter Port.
Alan has always shown an interest in conducting. He had his own Chamber Choir at the Academy and his own String Chamber Orchestra in the Canary Islands. In 1982 he formed the Guernsey Chamber Choir, and later the Guernsey Junior and Senior Jazz Orchestras. He conducted the Guernsey Choral and Orchestral Society from 1983 – 2001. In 2001 he was appointed to a senior teaching post in Bahrain.
Upon his return to Guernsey, Alan developed a successful teaching practice in woodwind and brass, and formed the Guernsey Bach Choir in 2007.
Stephen Le Prevost 2001-2005
Stephen was born in Guernsey and educated at Elizabeth College. After a post-graduate year at Jesus College Cambridge he was for ten years Assistant Organist at Ely Cathedral and Director of Music at the King's School, Ely
After a brief return to Guernsey, Stephen was appointed Assistant Organist of Westminster Abbey and Director of Music of the Abbey School in 1991; there he shared the duties of playing for services and training the Abbey Choir with the Organist and Sub-Organist. Each week there were eight sung services in the Abbey as well as frequent Royal and State occasions - often broadcast live throughout the world.
In 2001, on his return to Guernsey, Stephen was soon appointed conductor of both the Guernsey Choral & Orchestral Society, and the Guernsey Chamber Choir.
In September 2008 - after a happy period in Bournemouth - Stephen will take up the post of Organist and Director of Music at the main Parish Church of Guernsey - St Peter Port.