Ralph Allwood - President
We are extremely fortunate to have Ralph Allwood as our President and Guest Conductor. Until recently Precentor and Director of Music at Eton College (where he had been for 26 years), Ralph now works freelance and with Inner Voices, a choir for forty young people from ten Inner London state schools which he co-founded with Voce's Ed Watkins.
Ralph also founded and directs the four annual Eton Choral Courses, directs the Rodolfus Choir and the Windsor and Eton Choral Society, and is a judge for Choir of the Year and the Llangollen International Eisteddfod. A Choral Advisor for Novello, he was also recently made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal School of Church Music. As the Times put it: “Ralph Allwood, the finest trainer of young choirs in the country today.”
Harry Briggs - Chair and Co-founder
Harry honed his singing skills at St George’s Chapel Windsor, Eton and Oxford. He plays the piano beautifully for Voce auditions and enjoys skiing, climbing, opera, seeing the world - the usual. His first role as Voce co-founder was to find the initial brave singers to join Voce in Summer 2003. These days he looks after our public face and general well-being.
Edward Watkins - Assistant Director
When he's not helping Suzi out with the direction of Voce, Ed Watkins is Director of Music at the new West London Free School, a specialist music school that opened in Hammersmith in September 2011. He is also the founder of Inner Voices, an inner-London state school choir under the direction of Ralph Allwood, Voce's President and the former Director of Music at Eton College.
Tim Sutton - Guest Conductor
Tim is one of the most successful composers of his generation, as well as being a much-admired conductor and musician. Recently praised for his work with The Little Prince (BBC2), he has also written a number of works specially for Voce, and has conducted us in three concerts. We can't do him justice here - click here for his website.
Ken Burton - Guest Conductor
Ken Burton is the Director of Croydon SDA Gospel Choir and is renowned as the leading gospel choir leader in the UK. He has written a number of successful books and made countless recordings, and he was a leading figure in the Queen’s golden jubilee celebrations. His rehearsals are always inspiring and challenging. For his full biography, click here.
John Butt - Guest Conductor
John Butt is Gardiner Professor of Music at the University of Glasgow and Musical Director of Edinburgh’s Dunedin Consort. His recent recording of Bach’s B Minor Mass was a Gramophone Editor’s Choice. He has been awarded an FBA, FRSE and the Dent Medal of the Royal Musical Association, and in January 2011 he received the Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Prize.