Ralph’s 70th Birthday Concert, 30th April, St Gabriel’s Church Pimlico
Requiem op 48, Gabriel Fauré
Symphony no 4 in E minor op 98, Johannes Brahms
Brandenburg Sinfonia conducted by Ralph Allwood, who says
“My favourite of the wonderful Brahms Symphonies is no 4, but it is the only one I haven’t conducted. So I thought I would indulge myself on my birthday! Guest of Honour is the superb teacher who first introduced me to it in 1966, David Nield, who was Director of Music at Tiffin School, Kingston for his whole career. The choir will simply be those in the audience who sing. They will sit in a special area. There will be drinks after, and the whole thing is in aid of the Pimlico Musical Foundatin”
3.15-4.30 Rehearsal for those wishing to sing.
Choir of the Earth - National AnthemIn this Platinum Jubilee year, Choir of the Earth would like to present Her Majesty The Queen with a new recording of God Save The Queen on June 1st 2022
Ralph has written a new arrangement specially for this course. To accompany the Choir of the Earth, Luke Bond, Assistant Director of Music, will play the organ at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. The rehearsal tracks are sung by members of The Rodolfus Choir.
At the end of these rehearsals, you are invited to record and send your own voice which will be combined in the studio to create the full choir.
Self Isolation Choir - HymnsFollowing the success of the ABBA course, Ralph partned with SIC to unite 1000 people in the perforamce of eight hymns.
The organs of Llandaff Cathedral, Peterborough Cathedral, Washington Cathedral, Belfast Cathedral, Liverpool Cathedral, Salisbury Cathedral, All Saints Episcopal Church (TX, USA) and St Paul's Cathedral accompanied the peices.
Each hymn was introduced by familar faces including Stephen Fry, Sir Bryn Terfel, and Katherin Jenkins OBE.
Profits from this project were donated to the RSCM, Cathedral Music Trust, The Choral Evensong Trust, and the Rodolfus Foundation.
Self Isolation Choir - ABBALaunced in March 2020 to provide choral opportunities during the pandemic, the Self Isolation Choir has seen 12,000 participants since its inception.
Ralph and Lora Sansun have arranged five ABBA pieces for SATB voices. Over the course of three weeks Ralph taught these pieces which participants then recorded for a final concert on 13th March 2021. The final choir amounted to over 600 singers.
More information about the course can be found here.
Ralph directed the Rodolfus Foundation’s #VirtualEvensong on the 19th May 2020. The broadcast, made of of 900 submissions, saw over 8,000 viewers during the premiere on YouTube. The full service can still be viewed below.
The project, in association with ChoralEvensong.org, is in aid of the Cathedral Choirs’ Emergency Fund, set up by the Friends of Cathedral Music and the Ouseley Church Music Trust.
Telegraph Review - ‘Bedroom singing taken to a whole new level’
Old Royal Naval College Trinity Laban Chapel Choir, Greenwich:
- Sundays : Choral Eucharist, 11:00 am
- Mondays : Choral Evensong, 5:30 pm
Queens’ College Chapel Choir, Cambridge:
- Sundays : Choral Evensong, 6:00 pm
- Wednesdays : Choral Evensong, 6:15 pm
- Fridays : Compline, 9:00 pm