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Patrick Allen (music educator) : biography

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Patrick Allen (born 1955) is the English author of Singing Matters (Heinemann publishers), which won the Times Educational Supplement Schoolbook Award in 1999.Times Educational Supplement 12 March 1999. "The Freedom of Music" http://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/The-freedom-of-music-Schoolbook-award-for-music-TES-competition-War-and-amp-Music-Interview-Patrick-Allen-Kaye-Umansky-313278/ He also won The Guardian Award for Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School in 2004.The Pearson Teaching Awards. Winners 2004. http://www.teachingawards.com/winners/2004/South%20East%20of%20England/14868The Guardian 29 June 2004 "Calm in the Face of a Storm" http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2004/jun/29/schools.teachingawards2004 He works as an Advanced Skills Teacher and as a music education consultant, based at Ifield Community College in Crawley, England where he is also Head of Music. He was awarded Advanced Skills Teacher status in 2001.http://musicskool.com/#/ast-ofsted/4543370930

Outreach work

His work as an Advanced Skills Teacher and his consultancy work have seen him provide support and training since 1998 for Local Education Authorities and universities across the United Kingdom the National Association of Music Educators, The Scottish Association for Music Education, The Halle Orchestra, the Department for Education and Skills and a range of private training providers.http://musicskool.com/#/outreach/4543221202

Chagossian Drummers

Patrick Allen is responsible for the formation and development of a drumming group at Ifield Community College consisting entirely of boys from the displaced Chagossian community, who had been arriving in Crawley from Mauritius since 2004.http://iccmauritian.blogspot.co.uk/2010/04/beginnings-may-2009.html The special musical culture and relationship between the performers led to immediate national interest, and integration with the choir. A first performance at the Royal College of Music for the National Association of Music Educators,http://iccmauritian.blogspot.co.uk/2010/04/performing-at-royal-college-of-music.html was followed by a performance at the Royal Geographical Society at the Chagos Regagne ConferenceUK Chagos Support Association http://www.chagossupport.org.uk/background/news-archive/may-2011-updateIfield Community College Choir http://www.ifieldchoir.com/#/chagos-regagne/4552747394 and two performances with the BBC Singers in Crawley and at Maida Vale Studios, entitled Rhythms of the World.BBC Radio Saturday 18 June 2011 http://www.bbc.co.uk/orchestras/events/765 In May 2011 they, and the choir, were the subject of a feature in The Times.The Times 18 May 2011. "Crawley's Chagossian Teenage Choir" "Crawley's Link to a Lost Culture". http://www.timesplus.co.uk/tto/news/?login=false&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.thetimes.co.uk%2Ftto%2Flife%2Farticle3022735.eceThe Times 18 May 2011 "Crawley's Chagossian Teenage Choir" scanned Ifield Community College Choir website http://www.ifieldchoir.com/#/the-times/4551659372 The drummers performed with the college choir on BBC Radio 3 and were interviewed for BBC Radio in 2011.BBC Radio Music Matters 18 June 2011 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b011y7jx Their journey and experience in Crawley is described in a blog,http://iccmauritian.blogspot.co.uk/ and in a number of articles.Sec Ed Magazine http://www.sec-ed.co.uk/cgi-bin/go.pl/article/article.html?uid=79027;section=Features%22;type_uid=2 They have also come to the attention of academic researchers, including a conference at King's College, University of London in March 2012.King's College, London "Multiculturalism and Music in Britain" Friday 16 March 2012 "Teaching Chagossian Teenagers in Crawley" Patrick Allen http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/music/events/multiculturalism/progr.pdf They have also won awards in the Crawley community.UK Chagos Support Association http://www.chagossupport.org.uk/young-chagossian-drummers-win-music-award-1840Joe Tiatous, Ronny Lafleur, Jason Alexis, Atkinson Sobha, Thierry Ally, Emmanuel Ally, Stebane Constant, Andy Simonet, Patrick Bundhoo, Daryll Amedee at Crawley Youth Awards http://www.ifieldchoir.com/#/crawley-youth-awards/4557168146

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