Goldring studied the oboe at the Royal College of Music. He also graduated from Durham University in 1972 with a PGCE. In 1975 he founded the Midland Festival Chorus. He was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship in 1990, which allowed him to tour the United States and Canada studying the development of youth and children's choirs. On his return he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
He has conducted most of the major British orchestras, including the BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, English Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestra of the Swan. In 2014 he conducted the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall as part of a concert marking the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.
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- "The Centenary Chorus: 600 young voices mark the 100th Anniversary of the First World War". www.1914.org. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
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