Patrick Barrett, Chamber Choir Director
Irish conductor Patrick Barrett is quickly establishing a name for himself as one of the most exciting and sought-after young talents on the choral conducting scene today. He is currently director of the University of Reading Chamber Choir, Assistant Conductor with the National Children’s Choir, and a Musicianship tutor with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain. He also conducts the University of Birmingham Women’s Choir, Brockham Choral Society and Farnham Youth Choir. An experienced music educator, Patrick was Spitalfields Music – Trainee Music Leader 2016/17, which included working with Wigmore Hall’s Learning and Participation Outreach Programme and he is also a member of the team responsible for the delivery of the choral music program in multiple Ark Schools across the city. This year has also seen Patrick working with the Youth Opera Company at the Royal Opera House, premiering “The Nose” by Pete Letanka and Denton Chikura.
Patrick is a graduate of the esteemed choral conducting postgraduate programme at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where he studied under the tutelage of acclaimed conductor, Neil Ferris. During his time in Cardiff, he partook in masterclasses with a number of leading industry figures including Simon Halsey, Paul Brough, Peter Hanke, Karen Grylls, Alice Farnham, and Voces 8. In 2014 Patrick was chosen as Chorus Master for the RWCMD production of The Magic Flute and later, as Assistant Conductor of Welsh National Youth Opera.
Prior to his move to the UK, he read Music Education at Trinity College Dublin and the National Conservatory of Ireland. At Trinity, he directed various choirs within the college including the Boydell Singers and the award-winning mixed-voice ensemble, Bemused. During this time, he also co-founded the Trinitones – the University’s first male a cappella group. The group has gone on to achieve both national and international success, thrilling audiences at both home and abroad. As part of the ERASMUS program, he also studied at the Kodály Institute, Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Hungary.
An accomplished choral singer, he has performed in some of both Ireland’s and the UK’s leading choirs including the Irish Youth Chamber Choir, the Rodolfus Choir and with the Chapel Choir of Trinity College where he was a Choral Scholar.