Pat Illingworth - Freelance Drummer

Born in Lancaster, Lancashire, Pat started receiving formal drum lessons at age 7 (later studying piano and percussion). After having two enthusiastic local teachers, performing with many youth ensembles and semi-pro gigs and reaching the "Drummers' Alliance" National Finals, he won a scholarship to study with acclaimed teacher Dave Hassell. 2 years later he turned pro, performing and teaching whilst based in Manchester. Pat moved to London in late 2003 and continues to be a very active freelance player both live and in the studio.

With an emphasis on groove and musicality, Pat is a very versatile musician who is comfortable in many idioms. This is confirmed by the varied artists he has toured and recorded with: SIA (Zero 7), CORINNE BAILEY RAE, DAVE STEWART (Eurythmics) - working on the "Alfie" film soundtrack featuring Joss Stone & Mick Jagger, JERRY DAMMERS (The Specials), JAMES TAYLOR QUARTET, 808 STATE, FELA! (National Theatre), JUST JACK, COLIN BLUNSTONE (The Zombies), HUGH MASEKELA, CINEMATIC ORCHESTRA, DEODATO, MARCUS MILLER, HOMELIFE, MAXI JAZZ (Faithless), DANNY THOMPSON, HEATHER SMALL (M People), GARY BOYLE, ZOE RAHMAN - playing on the Mercury Prize nominated album "Melting Pot", JAN KOPINSKI/PINSKI ZOO, ARUN GHOSH, BEN CASTLE, MICHAEL PROPHET, JOHNNY CLARKE, CORNEL CAMPBELL, RICO RODRIGUEZ, SOOTHSAYERS, NATACHA ATLAS, SNAKE DAVIS, MIKE WALKER, JIMMY BRUNO & JACK WILKINS, WHILE & MATTHEWS, REGGIE WASHINGTON, JEFF BERLIN, HADRIEN FERAUD and many more...

He has had the pleasure of playing tours all over the world including Brazil, Japan, Hong Kong, Argentina, U.S.A, the Middle East and most of Europe! Festivals and venues he has played include Glastonbury (West Holts stage), North Sea Jazz Festival, Bestival, The Big Chill, Creamfields, Madstock, 02 Arena (London), Le Zenith (Paris), Ronnie Scott's, The Barbican, The Scala.

Producers Pat has worked with include Samuel Dixon Adele/Sia), Dave Stewart (Eurythmics), Steve Levine (Culture Club), Tony Platt (Bob Marley/AC/DC), Graham Massey (808 State/Bjork), Martin Levan (Andrew Lloyd Webber), Jon Sweet, Jay Swinscoe (Cinematic Orchestra), Ben Lamdin (Nostalgia 77), Steve Brown (Corinne Bailey Rae), Paddy Steer (Homelife), Andy Kingslow (Rastamouse), Paul Pilot Webb (Duke Special), Chris Nagle (New Order)...

Pat has also recorded many commercial studio sessions including adverts for Sony (Fallon Agency), and multiple library music sessions for Audio Network Ltd. 

Recent TV appearances have included “LATER...With Jools Holland", "Channel 4 News" Mandela Tribute and the "Andrew Marr Show" with Jerry Dammers, “The Culture Show” with Robyn Hitchcock & Danny Thompson, "Parla Con Me" (RAI 3) with JTQ, plus many radio broadcasts including BBC Radio 1,2,3 and 6 Music. Pat also played live drums on the acclaimed CBeebies series “Rastamouse.”

Pat has also taught at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (Paul McCartney school), British Academy of New Music (Access to Music), Wigan & Leigh College, Nelson & Colne College and been involved in many workshops/masterclasses in schools and universities.