Ralph's Biography

Ralph Barnes was born in Cheltenham in 1979. He studied at Rendcomb College in Gloucestershire and is a BA Honours Graduate of Roehampton University, London. Throughout his college education Ralph enjoyed Drama, Theatre, Art and Music culminating in a Degree in 2001 majoring in Music with Drama and Theatre Studies.

Ralph has acted, sung, conducted and performed in plays, concerts and solo recitals in London, across the UK and abroad. His work has taken him to America, Spain, Germany, Italy and France and he has performed with many of Gloucestershire's leading choirs including Cheltenham Choral, The Bach Choir, The Capella Singers and The Philomusica.

In London, Ralph sang with The London Philharmonic Chorus and The Goldsmiths Choral Union Choir performing at The Royal Albert Hall and The Festival Hall. He also sang with The Barnett Choral Society in St Alban's Cathedral and in Barcelona.

Ralph has competed in major festivals such as Cheltenham Performing Arts, Bath, Hereford & Oxford Music Awards and has worked with some of the country's leading musicians such as Wynn Evans, James Gilchrist, Gareth Malone and the late Sir Neville Marriner.

Ralph has attended the prestigious Ardingly Opera Course in West Sussex, performing the roles of 'Le Dancaire' in Bizet's Carmen and the tenor solos in Mozart's Requiem.

Ralph's solo work has been mainly performing with Charlton Kings Choral and Churchdown Choral Societies including Handel's Messiah, Haydn's St Theresa Mass, Creation, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Jenkin's The Armed Man, Gounod's St Theresa Mass and Rossini's Stabat Mater and Pettit Messe Sollenelle.

Ralph is currently the Musical Director of Churchdown Male Voice Choir and his achievements with them include conducting the Massed Male Choirs in Tewkesbury Abbey, The Bands of The Blues and Royals in Cheltenham Town Hall and The Moriston Orpheus Make Choir in South Wales.

He has also directed The Young Workers Music Association Symphony Orchestra, The Halesowen Chamber Orchestra of Birmingham, The Military Wives Choir of Innsworth & Benson, The Roehampton University Choir and The Wide Valley Singers.

In 2010 Ralph recorded his first CD titled "Reflections" in order to raise money for the charity Winston's Wish.

He currently performs with The Cotswold Savoyards, Hexagon Theatre and The Grande Royale Theatre Company.

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