About

About

In 2020, Ralph was the first ever guitarist to perform in the BBC Young Jazz Musician Final.  He has also performed at the Barbican, 02 Arena, Royal Albert Hall, Wembley Stadium and Birmingham Town Hall.

Currently in his 3rd 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 Jørgen Skogmo. Ralph loves performing and improvising in a variety of styles, especially jazz.

Ralph draws inspiration from Wes Montgomery, Bill Frisell and Mike Walker. Regular performances with his trio consolidate these influences and catalyse the development of his voice as an improviser.

Memorable moments include performing at the Music for Youth Proms, playing with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and hearing the orchestral arrangements CBSO commissioned him to write, performed at Symphony Hall in 2019 by ‘Project Remix’.

Before moving to London, he attended Jazzlines, National Youth Jazz Collective Summer Schools and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Junior Department, where he studied with Mike Williams and Percy Pursglove.

Ralph is proud to be part of the wider Guildhall community and has performed on mandolin with the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra and UBU ensemble. He is also a member of Guildhall Jazz Singers and played for the Opera Department's premiere of ‘The Angel Esmeralda’.

Ralph enjoys distance running, learning Portuguese and reading books by Haruki Murakami.

Get in touch: ralphporrett@gmail.com

Ralph performing at Cadogan Hall in the final of BBC Young Jazz Musician 2020