Orlando Gough was a founder member of the bands The Lost Jockey & Man Jumping. He writes music mostly for the theatre - operas, plays, dance pieces, music-theatre, directs The Shout, an extraordinary choir of diverse soloists (www.theshout.org), and devises and directs large-scale site-specific choral pieces.
Recent work includes The Singing River for 12 choirs, 18 boats, two cranes and a locomotive (Theater der Welt, Stuttgart), We Turned On The Light (BBC Proms), Open Port the closing event of Stavanger 2008 European Capital of Culture, for 750 singers, brass band and wooden trumpets, Raketensymphonie the opening event of Linz09 European Capital of Culture, for voices and fireworks, On The Rim Of The World, a piece for children commissioned by all the major opera houses in the UK, a dance work Just Add Water? with the choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh, and The World Encompassed for the viol consort Fretwork.
In June 2010 the Linbury Studio hosted Gough's new opera A Ring, A Lamp, A Thing with libretto by Caryl Churchill.
He is an associate artist of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.