Director of Chapel Music awarded honorary doctorate

Ralph Allwood, Director of Chapel Music at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, has been awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Music by the University of Aberdeen.

Ralph has responsibility for music at the Chapel at the Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) in Greenwich, where Trinity Laban's Faculty of Music is based.

He said: "I was absolutely thrilled to be told by Paul Mealor from Aberdeen University that they would give me an honorary doctorate in July. I have very much enjoyed helping them with their choirs, and I'm looking forward to doing further, bigger projects with them next year."

Ralph left Eton College in 2011, where he had been Precentor and Director of Music for 26 years, in order to pursue his freelance activities and found Inner Voices, a choir for forty young people from ten Inner London state schools. He then joined Trinity Laban in 2012.

Ralph is a judge for the Llangollen International Eisteddfod and is a regular visitor to several Welsh choirs, including the National Youth Choir of Wales, which he is conducting this year.  He founded the Eton Choral Courses, Junior Choral Course, held at Cheltenham College and the Rodolfus Choir, and leads choral courses and workshops all over the world. 

In 2002 Ralph 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.

Trinity Laban has provided music at the ORNC Chapel since 2001, and is the only conservatoire in the UK to support a Collegiate Chapel Choir, one of London's outstanding sacred music ensembles.

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