Patrick Allen read Electroacoustics at the University of Salford and trained with BBC TV and Radio. He subsequently gained a post-graduate Diploma in Marketing and completed the Business Growth Programme at Cranfield Business School.  In 1992 he founded Opera Omnia Productions, an audio and visual arts production company, where he is still active as a recording producer, photographer and filmmaker. Since 2000 he has also been Managing Director of Cass Allen Associates Ltd, an acoustics consultancy firm, where his main interest is the design of performing arts spaces. In 2009 he joined Orchid Music Limited as Technical Director.