Pat Illingworth

Born in Lancaster, Lancashire, Pat began receiving formal drum lessons at age 7 (later studying piano and percussion). After receiving lessons from two enthusiastic local teachers, performing with many youth ensembles, 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.




Sia, Corinne Bailey Rae, Will Young, Dave Stewart, Jerry Dammers' Spatial AKA Orchestra, James Taylor Quartet, 808 State, Just Jack, Colin Blunstone, Hugh Masekela, Cinematic Orchestra, Deodato, Marcus Miller, English Session Orchestra, Soothsayers, Homelife, Maxi Jazz, Danny Thompson, Robyn Hitchcock, Heather Small, Gary Boyle, Jack Bruno & Jack Wilkins, Zoe Rahman, Jan Kopinski/Pinski Zoo, Arun Ghosh, Ben Castle, Mike Walker, Natacha Atlas, Snake Davis, Larry Stabbins, Johnny Clarke, Michael Prophet, Cornel Campbell, Rico Rodriguez, While & Matthews, Edward II, Reggie Washington, Jeff Berlin, Hadrien Feraud and many more...




Glastonbury, O2 Arena, Le Zenith Arena, Ronnie Scott's, Billboard Tokyo and Osaka, Bluenote Milano, Love Supreme Festival, Creamfields, Yokohama Arena, North Sea Jazz Festival




Samuel Dixon Adele/Sia), Dave Stewart (Eurythmics), Steve Levine (Culture Club), Tony Platt (Bob Marley, AC/DC), Simon Humphrey (The Clash/XTC), Graham Massey (808 State/Björk), Martin Levan (John Martin, 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), Ben Castle and Luis Almau (Soundtree), Terry Devine-King (Audio Network), Andrew Sunnocks (Audio Network), Adam Drake (Audio Network)

Pat has also recorded many commercial studio sessions including adverts for Sony (Fallon Agency), Just Eat (Soundtree) and multiple library music sessions for Audio Network Ltd, Universal Music Group and Warner Chapell Music.




“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.