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Ralph Allwood, MBE


Ralph left Eton College in 2011, where he had been Precentor and Director of Music for 26 years, to be freelance and co-found Inner Voices, a choir for forty young people from ten Inner London state schools.


He featured in the Channel 4 documentary ‘A Boy called Alex’, has made 35 live broadcasts on Radio 3 and recently appeared as a choral consultant and judge in BBC2’s The Choir: Sing While You Work. His commercial choral music for adverts, films and documentaries has been played worldwide and he has made 26 choral recordings.


He leads choral courses and workshops all over the world. In November 2012 Ralph conducted Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius in Peterborough Cathedral and in December, Handel’s Messiah with the English Chamber Orchestra and Rodolfus Choir in the Cadogan Hall.


Ralph is a judge for the Llangollen International Eisteddfod and the Cork International Choral Festival and is a regular visitor to several Welsh choirs, including the National Youth Choir of Wales, which he conducted this year. As a Choral Consultant he regularly visits Durham University, Queens’ College, Cambridge, Trinity College, Oxford, the Malcolm Arnold Academy and Wellington College.


He founded the Eton Choral Courses (of which he is Director) and the Rodolfus Choir and co-founded The Junior Choral Course. The 120th Eton Choral Course took place this summer: around 7000 singers have attended a course since he founded them in 1980.


In 2002 he was made Honorary Fellow of the Royal School of Church Music, in 2003 an Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music and an MBE in the 2012 New Years’ Honours. Recently Ralph has been awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Music by the University of Aberdeen.

He is a Fellow Commoner at Queens’ College, Cambridge and an Honorary Fellow at University College, Durham. In August 2012 he took up his post of Director of Chapel Music in the Old Royal Naval College Chapel in Greenwich.


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