Raph is passionate about inspiring people of all ages and backgrounds through joyful, creative music making. A graduate of the prestigious Spitalfields Music Leader Trainee scheme, in the past year he has worked on education and community projects for Sinfonia Viva, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bath Philharmonia, Mid Wales Music Trust, the Kazzum theatre company, Creative Futures (working with Blanche Nevile, a secondary school for deaf children), Share Music Southwest (creative projects for adults with disabilities), Holland Park Opera Inspire!, London Music Masters and Hackney Playbus. He’s also delighted to be working with Tim Yealland, Rachel Leach and English Touring Opera as a supporting musician, recently helping to create new operas with Lambeth schoolchildren and elderly people affected by dementia at Dulwich Picture Gallery.
Raph has a strong foundation of music leading experience through Be Creative Music Workshops, which he co-founded with Phil Merriman in 2009; this group has delivered groove-based song-writing workshops to over 5,000 South London children, and is now a key strategic partner of the Merton Music Foundation. He has also delivered a variety of workshops for WorldService Project and Match&Fuse (see projects/links), including composition-through-improvisation workshops and soundpainting/conduction sessions; a recent highlight was delivering a workshop at Mossbourne Academy alongside french ensemble Alfie Ryner, as part of the London Match&Fuse festival 2015.
Raph is continuing to develop his work as a music leader alongside his practice as a composer and performer, and is particularly interested in the intersections between textural, freely-improvised soundscapes and groove-based music (his contemporary ensemble The Dissolute Society recently delivered a composition and improvisation workshop for The Latymer School, pictured above); he also hopes to create work that focusses on emotions, particularly fear, grief, sadness and depression, with a view to offering accessible, creative pathways into exploring these difficult subjects for children and adults.
Current/future projects include leading singing sessions at The Haven refuge for men affected by alcoholism; further work with Share Music Southwest; a Shostakovich-inspired composition project for Be Creative Music and the Merton Music Foundation; and co-leading with Dominic Stitchbury at the Cherry Trees School in Tower Hamlets for Spitalfields Music.