Patrick Allies is Artistic Director of Siglo de Oro. He is active as a singer, conductor, teacher, researcher and writer on music. He is currently a member of the REMArkables, the professional development scheme of the European Early Music Network.
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. Patrick went on to postgraduate study at the University of Cambridge where he sang in Jesus College Choir.
While Patrick was an undergraduate, he founded the vocal ensemble Siglo de Oro. He has directed the group ever since, as well as holding conducting and teaching roles at Morley College and the City Literary Institute. Most recently, Patrick has spent a term as Acting Director of Music at King’s College London, conducting the chapel choir. Patrick is in demand as workshop leader, in particular on the subject of the performance of Renaissance polyphony, and has led sessions on performance practice across the UK and in the USA.
Alongside his work as a conductor, Patrick is a PhD student in music at the University of Oxford, where he also teaches at St Peter’s College. Patrick’s research, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, involves fifteenth-century choirs and their performance spaces.