Ralph Allwood is Precentor and Director of Music at Eton College. He graduated from Durham University in 1972 with the Eve yra Kysh prize for music, conducting University Chamber Choir there from 1970-1972. He was later a member of the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, under Sir David Willcocks.
While Director of Music at Uppingham School, he founded the annual summer courses for young singers which now flourish as the Eton Choral Courses. He has also conducted choral courses in Sydney, Taiwan, Barcelona, and Harvard University, and workshops for the International Symposium on Choral Music in Vancouver, 1993.
He was a founder-director of the National Children’s Music Theatre, conducting some of their musicals for ATV, Granada and BBC2, and two productions for the Edinburgh Internatinoal Festival. He directed the I.A.P.S Boys’ Choir for many years, is now an Assistant Choral Master for the Philharmonia Chorus and conducts the Windsor and Eton Choral Society.
HAVPCD158 – A Sequence for Ascension
HAVPCD176 – Mater, Ora Filium.
HAVPCD177 – Francis Grier – Twelve Anthems.
HAVPCD202 – Choral Evensong from Eton
HAVPCD217 – Parry: Songs of Farewell
HAVPCD242 – By special arrangement – The Rodolfus Choir
HAVPCD280 – A Christmas Collection
HAVPCD289 – Abendlied: 19th-century Romantic German part-songs and motets
HAVPCD292 – Among the Leaves so Green: English and Scottish Folk-songs
HAVPCD305 – THOMAS TALLIS : Latin and English motets and anthems
Under his direction, the Eton College Chapel Choir has toured Isreal, the Arabian Gulf, America, France, England, Japan, Hong Kong and the Czech Republic, and has appeared in the Bruges Festival with the King’s Consort. He will become the new conductor of the National Youth Choir of Wales in 1996.
The Rodolfus Choir
The Rodolfus Choir is made up of singers aged 25 and younger who have been chosen from past and present members of the Eton College Choral Courses for prospective choral scholars. Each year these six week-long summer courses attract some 350 students between the ages of 16 and 20, and of these perhaps a dozen are invited to join the Rodolfus Choir as places become vacant. Many of these singers are choral scholars, some are at music college, and most hope to make a career in music.
Since its foundation in 1983 the choir has toured in France, Italy, and Austria, and has appeared at many English festivals including two appearances at the Three Choirs Festival in Gloucester. It has also performed throughout the United Kingdom at venues great and small, including St. John’s, Smith Square, where the choir has performed the Bach B-minor Mass with The Hanover Band and later with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, broadcast on Classic FM.