Imperial College Chamber Choir

Darkness and Dreams

Thursday 14th March 7:30 PM, St Gabriel’s Pimlico, Warwick Square, SW1V 4QF

Running Order

Clara Schumann (1819 – 96) Abendfeier in Venedig

John Sheppard (1515 – 58) Libera nos, salva nos

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 – 1943) Bogoroditse Devo

Josef Rheinberger (1839 – 1901) Abendlied

Orlando Gibbons (1583 – 1625) Drop, Drop Slow Tears

Gregorio Allegri (1582 – 1652) Miserere mei, Deus

Caroline Shaw (b. 1982) And the Swallow

Camille Saint-Säens (1835 – 1921) Calme des nuits

Eric Whitacre (b. 1970) Sleep

Hieronymus Praetorius (1560 – 1629) Magnificat Quarti Toni

Gustav Holst (1874 – 1934) Nunc Dimittis

ICCC 23/24

Daria Ditri

Hannah Gheel

Janice Chak

Natalie Wu

Carolina Escaler

Clara Bollen Gandolfo

Emma Walmsley

Iona Biggart

Olivia Priestland

Amarchi Ohanusi

Amy Collis

Clarisse Bonacina

Urbi Modhura

Aditi Mehendale

Maria Portela

Sebastian Tsang

Arun Ramanathan

Harry Tomlins

Robin Flower

Felix Gideonse

Jack Finnis

Pallav Bagchi

Ben Connolly

George Raynor

Pablo Egerique G.C.

George Bindloss

Kiyan Eddaoudi

Owen Brook

Tom Richardson

Thank you to our ICCC Chums for supporting us – Kathleen McManus, Sarah Melville, Ria Bromley, Alison Carter, Sadaf Ghaem-Maghami, Luke Melville and Ben Miller. Click here to find out more and become a Chum!

About the choir

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 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 were invited to sing a concert and mass at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

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.

Upcoming Performances

20th March: Passiontide Meditation @ Holy Trinity South Kensington, SW7 2BA, 5:30pm

24th March: Eucharist @ Brecon Cathedral, LD3 9DP, 11am

24th March: Evensong @ Brecon Cathedral, LD3, 9DP, 3:30pm

25th March: Devotional Performance @ Our Lady and St Michael’s Abergavenny, NP7 5DU, 7:30pm

26th March: Devotional Performance @ St Mary’s Brecon, LD3 7AA, 4:00pm

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