Allegri Ensemble

Allegri Ensemble Chamber Choir is a tightly-knit group of Hobart’s finest choral singers drawn from many choirs, some of whom are soloists in their own right.

Allegri Ensemble welcomed new musical director, Jonathan Wallis, in 2019. Established in 2010 by Andrew Bainbridge, the choir enjoyed sell-out perfomances of Handel's Messiah in 2010, 2011 and 2014 and continues to go from strength to strength, performing several concerts each year with repertoire spanning from medieval times to the 21st century.

In recent years Allegri Ensemble has established itself as one of Australia’s finest non-professional choirs. In 2015 the choir was invited to perform at Government House, featured on ABC radio and performed Duruflé’s Requiem with organ virtuoso Oliver Brett.

Jonathan Wallis brings over 25 years experience in international choral performance and direction to the role of Musical Director of Allegri Ensemble.
Although Jonathan sang in school choirs as a boy, it was during his time at the University of Melbourne that his love of choral music first truly emerged. As a member of both ​The Choir of Ormond College​ and ​Ensemble Gombert​, he toured frequently in Europe and also appeared on numerous CD recordings. While furthering his studies in Classics in Cambridge, UK, Jonathan sang with ​Pembroke College Chapel Choir​ and was founding director of the ​Wren Choir​. A musical highlight of his time in Cambridge was the opportunity to complete a masterclass in conducting with the legendary Stephen Layton.

In 2009, after completing his doctorate, Jonathan took up a position as lecturer in the Classics Department of the University of Tasmania. Now a senior lecturer, he has nevertheless been active in the choral scene in Hobart as a member of Allegri Ensemble since 2014, and more recently with the ​Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Chorus​. He has conducted the Loose Canon Chamber Singers and the Argyle Choir and Orchestra, whom he directed in two large-scale performances. He has also regularly conducted the St. David's Cathedral Choir.

As director of Allegri Ensemble, Jonathan plans to build on the legacy of Allegri's founder, Andrew Bainbridge, continuing to develop the ensemble's ability to present high-quality performances across a variety of musical styles.

What others have said about Allegri Ensemble:
“…a rare pleasure…beautifully sculpted phrasing…perfect harmonious blend…” (The Mercury)