In 2020, Ralph Porrett was the first ever guitarist to perform in the BBC Young Jazz Musician Final. The competition was broadcast from Cadogan Hall on BBC Four. He has also performed at the Barbican, Royal Albert Hall, 02 Arena and Wembley Stadium.
Dates at The Jazz Café, Royal Festival Hall and touring Spain are some of his highlights as a member of YolanDa Brown’s band and he looks forward to recording a new album of jazz infused reggae with her soon. Ralph toured extensively with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra throughout 2022, celebrating the life and music of Amy Winehouse. He has performed in arenas across the country with the Young Voices house band, accompanying the largest children’s choirs in the world. Ralph has played with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and was commissioned by the CBSO to arrange a set of pop music for orchestra which was performed at Symphony Hall in 2019 by ‘Project Remix’.
He leads the Ralph Porrett Quintet, an exciting young jazz ensemble who perform original material and explore the repertoire of composers as diverse as Bill Frisell to Maurice Ravel. Jazz pianist Barry Green has described the quintet as “world class,” and they have played at venues across the UK, including the EFG London Jazz Festival, Chequers Court to the Prime Minister and a sold-out headline show at Pizza Express Dean Street.
Currently in his 4th year at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Ralph studies jazz guitar with John Parricelli, Stuart Hall, Colin Oxley, Tommy Emmerton and classical guitar with Toby Carr. He is proud to be part of the wider Guildhall community and has performed on mandolin with the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra, plays banjo in John Harle’s Bauhaus Band and is a member of Scott Stroman’s Jazz Singers.
Ralph mentors CBSO youth orchestras, has led interactive masterclasses to groups of over 100 students for Music Hubs and enjoys teaching privately from his home in London. He is working on a series of short instructional books aimed at aspiring songwriters and continues to upload educational resources to his website and ever-growing YouTube channel.
Ralph is writing material to record in 2023, summoning his entire musical being as a guitarist, vocalist, composer and improviser to create a sound world which embraces his spectrum of diverse musical influences.
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