Ralph Allwood MBE was for 26 years Director of Music at Eton College and is now a freelance choral director. He is the Director of the Eton Choral Courses, which he founded in 1980. Seven thousand 16 to 20 year olds have been students on courses over the last thirty-five years. He co-founded the Junior Choral Courses in 2012, and is now planning courses in Shanghai, Melbourne and Greenwich, Connecticut. The Rodolfus choir, made up of the best singers from the courses, has been described as ‘unspeakably beautiful' by Gramophone. It has produced over 20 CDs.
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, and a conductor of the National Youth Choir of Wales. He has conducted choirs for 40 live broadcasts for BBC Radio 3, was a judge on BBC 2's The Choir and has written much music heard worldwide on radio and television.
Ralph adjudiates the Llangollen Eisteddfod and the Cork International Choral Competition. He is a Fellow Commoner and Assistant Director of Music at Queens’ College, Cambridge, and an Honorary Fellow of University College, Durham. He is Choral Advisor to Novello, Wellington College and Trinity College, Oxford. He teaches at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, Westminster Under School and at his old school, Tiffin.
In 2012 Ralph was awarded a Doctorate of Music by Aberdeen University. He was made MBE in the 2012 New Year's Honours list.