Ralph Allwood has been leading choral courses for young people for many years, most notably the highly acclaimed Eton Choral Courses which he founded in 1985. These courses, of which six are now held each Summer, are attended each year by four hundred singers. They provide a uniquely vibrant vocal training and choral experience to enthusiastic young singers aged between 16 and 20. There was such demand from younger singers for a comparable course that he and Martyn Ford decided to found The Junior Choral Course.
Ralph founded the Rodolfus Choir in 1984 as a top-quality chamber choir, all of whose young adult members have come through the Eton Choral Courses. The choir’s many performances and recordings, the last four with Signum, have gained widespread critical acclaim.
Ralph is a founder and conductor of Inner Voices, a choir made up of singers from state schools in London. He is Director of Music at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich with its Choral Scholars from Trinity Laban. He became a Fellow Commoner at Queens’ College Cambridge in 2012 and was awarded an MBE in the 2012 New Years’ Honours.