Wokingham Choral Society
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Patrick Allies - Musical Director, Wokingham Choral Society
Patrick Allies Musical Director
Patrick Allies is Artistic Director of Siglo de Oro, Conductor of Khoros, Director of West Sussex Youth Choir and Director of Music at All Saints' Putney.
Patrick began his musical education as a chorister at the Temple Church in London, under Stephen Layton. He sang in Gloucester Cathedral Choir before taking up a Choral Scholarship to study Music at King's College London, graduating in 2010 with First Class Honours. Patrick went on to post-graduate study at the University of Cambridge where he sang in Jesus College Choir.
While at university, Patrick founded Siglo de Oro, a choir that performs both renaissance and contemporary music. In 2014 the group made its professional debut at the Spitalfields Music Winter Festival, of which The Financial Times said: 'Siglo de Oro, under the assured direction of Patrick Allies, performed with vivacity and poise.'. Since then, the group has performed at the Barber Institute, the Holy Week and Christmas Festivals at St John's Smith Square, and made regular appearances on BBC Radio 3's In Tune.
In 2016 Patrick and Siglo de Oro released their first CD with Delphian Records to glowing reviews: BBC Music Magazine made it a Christmas Choice and called it 'a debut with a difference...a novel, ungimmicky project, vividly executed', while Gramophone described it as 'so invigorating...this one hits you with its character and depth'.
Patrick is in demand as workshop leader, in particular on the subject of the performance of Renaissance polyphony, and has taken up invitations to give sessions for the Thames Valley, Eastern, and South-West Early Music Forums. He has also works regularly as a writer on music, producing programme notes for the Gabrieli Consort and St John's Smith Square.
In 2017, Patrick was shortlisted for both the Nordic Choral Conducting Competition in Denmark, and the 3rd Juozas Naujalis International Competition for Choral Conductors in Lithuania.