Khoros is a dynamic London-based choir, led by Patrick Allies, that performs repertoire ranging from Renaissance polyphony to new works commissioned from emerging composers.
Since its first concert in 2011, the choir has performed at the City of London Festival, the Brandenburg Choral Series, and the National Portrait Gallery, and undertaken successful tours to France and Ireland. The choir has been invited to sing services at Westminster Abbey, St George's Chapel Windsor, and Southwark Cathedral.
In 2016 Khoros worked with composer Emily Hall on a concert of her work at Union Chapel, as part of Daylight Music. A highlight of 2018 was a collaboration with saxophonist Billy Harper for the London Jazz Festival, which was broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
In 2019, Khoros performed with contemporary music specialists x.y ensemble in a concert funded by the Arts Council. In October 2019, Khoros will release its first recording, with Prima Facie Records.
Patrick Allies is Artistic Director of Siglo de Oro, Conductor of Khoros, Director of West Sussex Youth Choir and Director of Morley College Chamber Choir.
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 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.
Under Patrick's direction, Siglo de Oro has made two acclaimed recordings with Delphian Records. Gramophone described the first disc, which included eight new commissions for choir and saxophone, as 'so invigorating... this one hits you with its character and depth'. The second featured the world premiere of a late-Renaissance mass by Hieronymus Praetorius. BBC Music Magazine made it Choral and Song Album of the Month, and said: 'here is a choir in which all the elements are held in perfect equilibrium. Patrick Allies ponders every note before moulding lines whose suppleness in turn coalesce into a living breathing whole'.
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, Midlands 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.