About the Choir

Imperial College Chamber Choir is generously supported by the College music and visual arts centre, the Blyth.

Imperial College Chamber Choir is the flagship choir of Imperial College, based in South Kensington, London.

Originally founded in 1997 by Therees Hibbard as part of Imperial College Choir, the Chamber Choir became a separate and established ensemble in 2007 under the leadership of Jessica Gillingwater. The choir subsequently evolved under the directorship of William Glendinning from 2011-2018 and Jack Apperley from 2018-2023, which saw the introduction of regular concert and evensong cycles, tours, and more prestigious recognition. Today, the choir is an auditioned ensemble of circa 26 voices and is conducted by Patrick Allies.

The Chamber Choir has a colourful musical and social calendar. Rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings, following which we are keen frequenters of the Union Bar. We are one of London’s finest university choirs that performs frequently in the capital, across the UK and internationally. Notable venues include Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Sherborne Abbey, Milan Duomo, Porto Cathedral, Southwark Cathedral, Brecon Cathedral, St Edmundsbury Cathedral and St Martin in the Fields.

We present several concerts per term and sing fortnightly Wednesday evensongs at Holy Trinity Church, Prince Consort Road. We regularly undertake various external projects such as weddings, recordings, DofE awards ceremonies, church services and gallery recitals at local museums.

Taking our music outside of college is very important to us, and we go on a week-long Easter tour, a week-long summer tour, and an introductory weekend away in October. Our summer tours are a highlight of the year, both musically and socially. Recent tours have included Brittany, France (2016), Lake Garda, Italy (2016), The Highlands, Scotland (2017), Porto, Portugal (2017), Brecon Beacons, Wales (2018), Ljubljana, Slovenia (2018), and most recently Florence, Italy (2022). Last summer (2023) we visited Galicia in North West Spain, where we sang a concert and mass at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

Patrick Allies, Imperial College Chamber Choir Conductor

Patrick was appointed musical director in the Summer of 2023.

About our Conductor
Patrick Allies

Patrick is a conductor and musicologist based in London. He began his musical education as a chorister at the Temple Church, and 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 was a member of Jesus College Choir.

In his role as Artistic Director of the London-based vocal ensemble Siglo de Oro, Patrick has made five acclaimed recordings with Delphian Records of music from the Renaissance to the present day. Under Patrick’s direction, the group has taken up invitations to perform in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Finland, Malta and the USA. Closer to home, Patrick and Siglo de Oro have performed several times at Wigmore Hall.

Prior to his appointment as Conductor of Imperial College Chamber Choir, Patrick held roles at Morley College, the City Literary Institute and West Sussex Music. Most recently, Patrick has spent a term as Acting Director of Music at King’s College London, conducting the chapel choir. He is currently a member of the REMArkables, the professional development scheme of the European Early Music Network.

Alongside his work as a conductor, Patrick is a DPhil student in music at the University of Oxford, where he has taught at St Peter’s College. Patrick’s research, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, involves fifteenth-century choirs and their performance spaces.