Ralf studied for a music degree (BMus) at Sheffield University, followed by a Masters degree (MA) in Composition from Bath Spa University. He is currently studying for a PhD in Composition. He is also a qualified music teacher (PGCE).
He is very active on the South West music scene as a composer, performer (double bass, bass guitar and trombone), bandleader, ensemble director, lecturer, teacher and workshop tutor. He has been leading workshops on improvisation, composition and jazz since 1984.
His compositions have been performed on BBC Radio 3 and at venues including the Purcell Rooms, South Bank, London and St Georges, Brandon Hill, Bristol. As a performer he has played at music festivals both in the UK (including Glastonbury and Edinburgh) and abroad (Le Mans Jazz Festival), and has performed on BBC Radios 2, 3 and 4 as well as on BBC1 and Channel 4 television.
He currently directs two big bands, and lectures in composition and jazz studies at Bath Spa University. He also conducts Bath Community Big Band and is a tutor at The Jazz Factory, and Wiltshire Youth Jazz Orchestra.
Ralf currently has no courses planned at Jackdaws. View all Ensemble courses.