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Piano


SONATINA FOR PIANO Opus 3 (1974) 9'  
3 movements

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The composition of this work was begun while Andrew Downes was studying at the Royal College of music with Herbert Howells, who wrote of Andrew Downes in his report: `In a quiet (but strong) way one of the most effective composers coming to me these days. I have very considerable hopes for him.' HH.

First performed by Malcolm Wilson at Birmingham Conservatoire on 5th May 1975.

Included as one of the recommended works for the 1997 International Piano Competition at the Ecole Franco-Italienne, Paris.

Movement 2 performed in the 'Downes Towards the Millennium' concert at St John's Church, Hagley, Worcestershire, by Katie Pickford, in September 1999.

Performance by Duncan Honeybourne, as part of the Birmingham Conservatoire Music Extra Festival in March 2001, recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3, which went out on July 14th 2001.  Performed by Duncan Honeybourne, together with Herbert Howells' own Sonatina for Piano, in a recital at Birmingham Cathedral on 11th May 2001. Duncan also played the work in a recital at Wednesbury Art Gallery on May 11th 2005. 

Performed by David Trippett on the ‘Festival Musiques en Mer’ Mediterranean cruise, August 2002.

A CD of Andrew Downes' piano music, including this work, was recorded by Duncan Honeybourne on the new Steinway Grand piano in Bournemouth Pavilion on May 15th 2005, on the Lynwood Music label.  This recording has been broadcast many times on Musicians Page Radio, Los Angeles, USA.  To purchase CD, click on the link above.

An arrangement of the second movement for guitar and electric bass guitar, entitled Cool Largo, was recorded in July 1999 by Simon Dinnigan and Fred T.Baker for their CD entitled Concerto for Two Guitars, which also includes Andrew Downes' Concerto for Guitar, Electric Bass Guitar and Strings (Classicprint label CPVP013CD).

In November 2016 the Sonatina was rerecorded by Duncan Honeybourne, as part of a 2 CDs set of piano music by Andrew Downes. The CDs, entitled Daybreak in the Fields, after one of Andrew Downes' 7 Preludes for Piano, are on the EM Records label.



 
PIANO SONATA No.1 Opus 12 (1976) 15'  
3 movements

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This Sonata was first performed by Malcolm Wilson in the Recital Hall of the Birmingham School of Music (now Birmingham Conservatoire) on May 3rd 1978. Malcolm Wilson gave a repeat performance of the work there again in November 1981.

The Sonata was broadcast by Richard Wise, as part of his first prize winning recital in the BRMB Young Musician's competition, in 1983.  It has subsequently formed part of numerous (often prize-winning) recitals by young musicians, in particular by Richard Wise, Clare Russell, Emma Cockbill and other pupils of Beryl Chempin.

Duncan Honeybourne, in his concerts championing the piano music of 20th century British composers, has performed the work at numerous venues, including the Courtyard Theatre, Hereford, as part of the Three Choirs Festival (August 2000); the British Music Information Centre (October 2000); St Martin-in-the-Fields, London (November 2000); Birmingham Cathedral (February 2001); the Birmingham and Midland Institute (October 2001); Wednesbury Art Gallery (November 2001); Weymouth Arts Centre (August 2002); Wey Valley School, Weymouth (October 2002); Clevedon Music Club (September 2002); the Minster Church, Axminster (October 2002); Christchurch, Nailsworth (April 2003); the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham (July 2003); and a performance at Birmingham Conservatoire recorded for a CD of the Central Composers' Alliance in November 2000. 

The Sonata was performed by David Trippett on the ‘Festival Musiques en Mer’ Mediterranean Cruise in August 2002; by Jonathan French at the English Music Festival in Stratford upon Avon in 2002 and 2005; and by pupils of Duncan Honeybourne - Joshua Weller at Bryanston School (movement 1, February 2005, movements 2 and 3, May 2005), and Alex Hoang at St Peter's Church, Poole (movement 1, July 2009).

A set of 2 CD recordings of Vienna Horns and Piano, made February-May 2001 by the 'Wiener Waldhornverein' (Vienna Horn Association), include this Sonata, played by American pianist, Anne Madison. (The CDs - entitled Messen und Sonaten and Schlosskonzert - also include Andrew Downes' Sonata for Horn and Piano, Sonata for 4 Horns and Suite for 6 Horns). Anne Madison gave the first American performance of Piano Sonata no.1 in Nebraska on 29th November 2001, and the first Austrian performance at a concert of the Austrian Music Association in Vienna on 7th December 2001. Anne Madison has also performed the work in Birmingham Cathedral (April 2002); at a Salon concert organised by the Smrzka family in Vienna (May 2002); at Birmingham Conservatoire (October 2003); and at the Haus der Komponisten, Vienna (June 2004).  The CDs can be purchased by clicking on the link above.

'This thoroughly attractive music, with an accent on charm and a most satisfactory feeling for structure, was well served by Mr Wilson, who gave it a sensitive reading.  Here is a composer who has musical things to say and the technical skill to work them through in contactable contemporary terms.'  BIRMINGHAM POST (following the world premiere by Malcolm Wilson).

'........a triumph for the soloist and for the thoroughly modern composer.'
YORKSHIRE POST

'Andrew Downes has the gift of composing in an easy communicative style without compromising his artistic personality.'
Malcolm Wilson

'Truly beautiful.'
John Ogdon

A CD of Andrew Downes' piano music, including this work, was recorded by Duncan Honeybourne on the new Steinway Grand piano in Bournemouth Pavilion on May 15th 2005, on the Lynwood Music label.  This recording has been broadcast many times on Musicians Page Radio, Los Angeles, USA.  To purchase CD, click on the link above.

In November 2016 the Piano Sonata No.1 was rerecorded by Duncan Honeybourne, as part of a 2 CDs set of piano music by Andrew Downes. The CDs, entitled Daybreak in the Fields, after one of Andrew Downes' 7 Preludes for Piano, are on the EM Records label.

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Piano Sonata No.2 was specially composed for Duncan Honeybourne and first performed by Duncan at the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, on 9th March 2003, with a second performance on 10th March 2003 at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin. 

Subsequent performances have been given by Duncan Honeybourne in Wednesbury Art Gallery, as part of Sandwell Arts Festival (June 2003); Oban Cathedral, Scotland (August 2003); Elgin Library, Scotland (August 2003); Woodwick House, Orkney (August 2003); the Church of St. Lawrence Jewry - London première (1st September 2003); Kidderminster Library (November 2003); the Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham (September 2003, and June 2005 - at a concert of Music by Andrew Downes to mark the composer's retirement from Birmingham Conservatoire); Weymouth Arts Centre (March 2004); Dorset County Museum, Dorchester (May 2004); St Mary's Church, Swanage (January 2005); Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery (May 2005); Bournemouth Pavilion (May 2005); Concord College, Church Stretton (May 2005); All Saints Church, Newland, Forest of Dean (June 2005); Harting Music Club, West Sussex (November 2005) and Chichester University (April 2007).  

David Trippett performed the work at the National Portrait Gallery, London, in August 2004.

‘Downes has long loved the writing of Thomas Hardy and the distinctive personality of Hardy’s deeply rural home county, Dorset, a land eloquently depicted and reflected in the poet’s work. He wanted to give the Sonata a Dorset flavour on account of Duncan Honeybourne’s Dorset birth, and the second movement is especially rich in quotations from Downes’ Hardy settings...  This deeply reflective, sensuous and haunting work today receives its world premiere.’   Duncan Honeybourne - programme note to the first performance.

The Sonata was analysed in an illustrated talk given by Michael Jones at the Malvern Hills Piano Holiday in August 2003 and also in the British Music Society News (www.musicweb.uk.net/BMS).

'The Sonata was well received by a sizeable audience who regularly support the Wednesbury Music Club and it is refreshing to experience a premiere where the music communicates effectively in the way premieres were regarded at the beginning of the 20th century, when such events were just that - an event. Duncan Honeybourne’s performance was the central point of an excellent recital...'  Michael Jones BRITISH MUSIC SOCIETY NEWS

'Pianist Duncan Honeybourne played Downes' powerful, Hardy-inspired Second Sonata without a hint of self consciousness.  In this work, as in much of Downes' music, short contrasted passages gradually yield to a sense of quiet exaltation - but so naturally that a flashy performance is unnecessary.

'With unaffected and sincere playing, the music speaks eloquently for itself; humane, optimistic and often extremely beautiful...Honeybourne immersed himself completely in Downes' musical language.'  Richard Bratby BIRMINGHAM POST

A CD of Andrew Downes' piano music, including this work, was recorded on 15th May 2005 by Duncan Honeybourne on the new Steinway Grand piano in Bournemouth Pavilion, on the Lynwood Music label.  This recording has been broadcast many times on Musicians Page Radio, Los Angeles, USA.  To purchase CD, click on the link above.

In November 2016 the Piano Sonata No.2 was rerecorded by Duncan Honeybourne, as part of a 2 CDs set of piano music by Andrew Downes. The CDs, entitled Daybreak in the Fields, after one of Andrew Downes' 7 Preludes for Piano, are on the EM Records label.



7 PRELUDES FOR PIANO Opus 89 (2006) 
20'

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Titles of the Preludes: Solitude; Leaves in Autumn; Winter Lanes; Spring Lambs; Summer calypso; Daybreak in the Fields; Storm Force

ThesPostludes were specially composed for Duncan Honeybourne who gave the first performance on 2nd March 2006 in the Chapel of the Ascension at Chichester University. This performance was recorded for CD. To purchase CD, click on the link above.   Each of the preludes, played by Duncan at this world premiere, can be heard on YouTube. They have also been broadcast many times on Musicians Page Radio, Los Angeles, USA. To hear them, click on each of the titles above.

Subsequent performances by Duncan at the Dorset Rural Music School in Blandford Forum (April 2006), the Parish Church of St Francis of Assisi, Bourneville, Birmingham (June 2006), Birmingham Conservatoire (November 2006, and November 2010 as part of Andrew Downes' 60th birthday concert), Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery (October 2007) and Prelude 3 (Winter Lanes) at the Royal Northern College of Music (December 2006). 

Three of the preludes were played by Michael Jones at Kidderminster Art Gallery (October 2007) in a concert in which he also accompanied violinist Anna Downes who performed Andrew Downes' The God Marduk and Sonata for Violin and Piano.  Michael Jones has also performed individual movements from the Preludes and other piano works by Andrew Downes on several occasions in the UK Midlands.  

In February 2013, Mark Lockett performed the 7 Preludes in his recital entitled ‘Frontiers’ at Birmingham Conservatoire, and also played a set of his own pieces, one of which was dedicated to Andrew Downes.

In November 2016 the 7 Preludes were recorded by Duncan Honeybourne, as part of a 2 CDs set of piano music by Andrew Downes. The CDs, entitled Daybreak in the Fields, after the sixth of these 7 Preludes for Piano, are on the EM Records label.



7 POSTLUDES FOR PIANO Opus 107 (2015) 
21'

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Titles of the Postludes: Dusk; Twilight; Evensong; Owls; Nightfall; Flight of the Bats; At Midnight

Thes Postludes were specially composed for Duncan Honeybourne who gave the first performance on 30th October 2016 in St Lawrence Chapel, Ashburton, Cornwall. 

In November 2016 the 7 Postludes were recorded by Duncan Honeybourne, as part of a 2 CDs set of piano music by Andrew Downes. The CDs, entitled Daybreak in the Fields, after one of Andrew Downes' 7 Preludes for Piano, are on the EM Records label.



IN MEMORIAM HERBERT HOWELLS Opus 97 (2008) 
6'

This short work for solo piano was composed for a special recital given by pianist, Duncan Honeybourne, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the death of Herbert Howells.

In November 2016 this work was recorded by Duncan Honeybourne, as part of a 2 CDs set of piano music by Andrew Downes. The CDs, entitled Daybreak in the Fields, after one of Andrew Downes' 7 Preludes for Piano, are on the EM Records label.


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Andrew Downes studied Composition with Herbert Howells at the Royal College of Music from 1972 to 1974.

The world premiere took place on July 11th 2008 in St Mary's Church, Lydney, Gloucestershire, where Howells was born and grew up.  The concert, given as part of the 2008 Lydney Festival, took place in association with the Royal Forest of Dean Herbert Howells Society.

Subsequent performances by Duncan include ones at All Saints Church, Newland, Gloucestershire (July 2008), St Mary’s Church, Weymouth (June 2009), St Michael’s Church, Lyme Regis (June 2009), the Baptist Church, Lydney (November 2009), Radley College, Oxfordshire, as part of the English Music Festival (May 2013) and Lydney Parish Church (June 2016).

 

FANFARE FOR MADAM SPEAKER: Piano arrangement of the Fanfare composed for Betty Boothroyd




PRELUDE: THE FOREST AT DAWN: Piano transcription by Duncan Honeybourne. See Organ below.

 

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CONCERTO FOR PIANO AND ORCHESTRA

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Organ


PRELUDE FANFARE & POSTLUDE FOR ORGAN Opus 9 (1975) 15'

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This work was first performed by John Bishop in Birmingham Cathedral on 6th May 1976. 

John Bishop recorded the work for BBC Radio 3 on 19th July 1978, as part of his Recital from Bridlington Priory, which was broadcast on Radio 3 on 27th December 1978. 

The work has been performed in many of the country's concert halls, churches and cathedrals, in particular by John Bishop, Martin Schellenberg, Ian Bednall, Robert Green, Richard Silk, Duncan Honeybourne and Graham Williams.  

The Fanfare was performed by Duncan Honeybourne at the wedding of the composer's daughter, Anna, to Michael J Price at St John's Church, Hagley, Worcestershire, on 27th December, 2003.

The Postlude was performed at the Memorial Church, Harvard University, USA, on March 14th 2007 (broadcast on WHRB Radio) by Carson P Cooman, who went on to give the American premiere of the whole work at St Thomas' Episcopal Church, Rochester NY, on June 20th 2007.




PRELUDE: THE FOREST AT DAWN Opus 78(a) (2000) 5'12''

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Commissioned and published by the Incorporated Society of Organists in their Millennium Organ Book (ISMN M9002031).

Recorded by Paul Hale for Incorporated Society of Organists CD entitled Fanfare for the Millennium (see Discography).

Premiered by Paul Hale at Southwell Minster on 4th November 2000.

Numerous subsequent performances and broadcasts include ones by Thomas Trotter in Birmingham Cathedral in December 2000; by Christopher Totney on the organ of Durham Cathedral, on Easter Sunday  and in July 2005; by Anthony Cairns at Christ Church, Leatherhead (2008) and performances by David Bruce Payne and Duncan Honeybourne in the South West of England. 

Duncan Honeybourne has transcribed this work for piano, and has included it in this form in many piano recitals, including a performance in the Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham, on June 21st 2005, at a concert of Music by Andrew Downes to mark the composer's retirement from Birmingham Conservatoire.  Duncan has included this work on his CD entitled Piano Music from the Midlands (see Discography).  This version has been broadcast many times on Musicians Page Radio, Los Angeles, USA, several times on Classic FM South Africa, and was broadcast for the first time on Classic FM UK on May 11th 2014.




SONATA FOR ORGAN OPUS 92 (2006) 
22'
3 movements

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Commissioned by Robert Green, who gave the world premiere at St David’s Cathedral, Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK, on Wednesday 22nd August 2007.



INTRODUCTION AND ALLEGRO FOR SOLO ORGAN OPUS 94 (2007) 
12'

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Commissioned by American organist Carson Cooman, who premiered the work at the Memorial Church, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA on 22nd June 2008, and has given subsequent performances at Christ Episcopal Church, Portola Valley, California, (July 2008); at First Unitarian Society, Newton, Massachusetts (July 2008); at Christ United Church, Worcester, Massachusetts (August 2008); and at Salem Hills Parish, Nantucket, Massachusetts (August 2008).

 

Organ with brass see INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLE

Organ with choir see CHORAL ACCOMPANIED

Organ with orchestra see SYMPHONY NO.1

 

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Violin


SACRED MASS FOR SOLO VIOLIN Opus 75 (2000) 15'  

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This Sacred Mass for Solo Violin was commissioned by James Coles for performances in Churches and Cathedrals in Normandy and in the South of France.
The work was recorded in the summer of 2001 by James Coles for his CD entitled echos d'ete (CYR 1) (click on the link above).  

The USA premiere was given at the Chapel of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, USA, on March 6th 2008 by Anna Downes, who also performed the Kyrie and Gloria from the work in a concert at St Saviour's Church, Hagley, Worcestershire UK, in July 2010, and the whole work in St Martin's in the Bullring, Birmingham, in November 2013 and January 2014.


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Violin and Piano


SONATA FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO Opus 52 (1994) 
25'
3 movements

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This sonata was specially composed for a concert dedicated to the memory of Ernest Element, given on 3rd May 1994 in the Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham, by the Kingsdown Duo - Roger Huckle, violin, and John Bishop, piano.

The first Indian performance was given by John Mayer, accompanied by Gillian Mayer, at the Kolkata School of Music, also in 1994. 

Numerous subsequent performances have been given by the above artists and others, including: Alla Sharova with Gillian Mayer (August 1996 at the Church of St Lawrence Jewry-next-Guilhall, London, November 1996 in the Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham, and May 1997 at the Benslow Music Association); Erich Gruenberg with Daniel Adni (May 1995, in the Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham); James Coles with Yoko Arai; David Chadwick with Robert Markham (November 2006 in the Recital Hall of Birmingham Conservatoire) David Chadwick with Robert Birchall (November 2006 in St Mary's Church, Hinckley, and December 2006 in St John's Church, Wolverhampton); and many by the composer's daughters, Anna and Paula. (To hear a performance on youtube given by Anna Downes, accompanied by Tony Bridgewater, on September 1st 2013 at Carr's Lane Church, Birmingham, click on the link above)

The first movement was recorded for a Central Composers' Alliance CD, entitled Music for a While, by Anna Downes with Duncan Honeybourne in February 2001. The whole Sonata was performed by these same artists on l lth May 2001 in Birmingham Cathedral.

'... Echoes of plainchant in an ostinato like opening provided the springboard for an Allegro of developing rhythmic complexity and melodic richness which drew to a close with effective lyrical naivety.
'A more sombre Largo was again carefully and convincingly shaped by the Duo, with its haunting melodic lines.
'The finale skilfully entwined reflective mood with rhythmic dynamism. This is a purposefully accessible work whose consistency of style and sense of atmosphere ensured its warm reception.'
THE BIRMINGHAM POST




POEME: 'THE GOD MARDUK' FOR VIOLIN & PIANO Opus 72 (1999) 
6'  

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Composed for the Russian violinist, Alla Sharova, for her concerts with pianist, Gillian Mayer.

Their first performance took place at the Voices Chamber Ensemble concert at St. John's Church, Fulham, London on 18th September 1999. 

Also performed by the composer's daughters, Anna and Paula, at several venues in Worcestershire, Birmingham and the West Midlands, in particular in the 'Downes Towards the Millennium' concert at St John's Church, Hagley, in September 1999.  The Himley Duo - Anna Downes (violin) and Tony Bridgewater (piano) - gave performances of the work in St Alphege Church Solihull in December 2016 and in Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery in April 2017

The God Marduk was the ancient Babylonian God. The music sums up the awe inspiring aspect of an ancient mythical God and also the playful nature he was said to have.


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Viola and Piano


SONATA FOR VIOLA AND PIANO Opus 68 (1998) 25'
3 movements

Transcription by Cynthia Downes of the Sonata for Horn and Piano (see below) for violist Phillip Houghton and his accompanist Jasmina Kulaglich.


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Cello and Piano


SONATA FOR CELLO AND PIANO Opus 86 (2001) 21'
3 movements

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First performed by Sharon McKinley, accompanied by Duncan Honeybourne, on 23rd March 2004, at the Birmingham Conservatoire Music Xtra Festival, in the Adrian Boult Hall.  

Subsequently performed by Janet Lindsay with Matt Davies (3rd movement) in the Great Hall of Oldswinford Hospital School, Stourbridge (2006), and by Rosalie Curlett with Duncan Honeybourne (complete work) at St Mary’s Church, Weymouth, Dorset in October 2012.

‘... contrast (fierceness/lyricism, delicacy/drama) was explored through often ritualistic instrumental exchanges, generating a succession of evolving episodes. Pianist, Duncan Honeybourne... and cellist Sharon McKinley’s... pensive and tender dialogue in the third movement and the cello’s simple and dignified theme in the second delivered real emotional warmth.’  BIRMINGHAM POST


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Double Bass and Piano



SONATA FOR DOUBLE BASS AND PIANO Opus 90 (2006)
 20'
3 movements

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This sonata was composed for David Daly (Principal Double Bass, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra) and his accompanist, Duncan Honeybourne, who gave the first performance at Christchurch Priory on June 14th 2007 as part of the Christchurch Music Festival.  

Subsequent performances have taken place at Montpellier Hall, United Reformed Church, Cheltenham, in August 2007; at Marlborough College (second movement) in May 2008; and at Sarum College, Salisbury, in November 2008.

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Piccolo and Piano



SONATA FOR PICCOLO & PIANO Op. 74 (1999) 
20'
3 movements  

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This Sonata for Piccolo and Piano was composed for Keith Bragg, Principal Piccolo and Chairman of the Philharmonia Orchestra. 

The first performance took place on 2nd August 2000 at the Town Hall, Stratford-upon-Avon, as part of the Stratford-upon-Avon International Flute Festival. Keith Bragg was accompanied by Judith Keaney. Their second performance took place on 24th October 2000 in the Recital Hall of Birmingham Conservatoire.

The work was performed by Arjun Jethwa, accompanied by Charles Matthews, at the inaugural Andrew Downes Performance Prize Competition at Birmingham Conservatoire in February 2014.

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Flute and Piano


SONATA FOR FLUTE AND PIANO Opus 67 (1998) 
25' 
3 movements 

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This work was specially composed for Carol Kniebusch Noe and first performed by Carol with her accompanist, Vicky Berneking in the American Cathedral, Paris, on 4th November 1999. Their second performance took place on 31st March 2000 in the Wilson Auditorium, James Madison University, Virginia USA.

Performed by Michael Gordon, accompanied by Thomas Stumpf, on 6th April 2000, in Lexington, Boston, USA. 

The UK premiere was given by Andrew Anson and Alan Cuckston on 13th February 2002 in the Recital Hall of Birmingham Conservatoire.  Andrew Anson subsequently performed the work with Alistair Lilley in St John’s Smith Square, London, in January 2004, and at Birmingham Conservatoire on October 20th 2004.


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Contrabass Flute and Piano


SONATA FOR CONTRABASS FLUTE AND PIANO Opus 99 (2008) 
22'
4 movements 

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Commissioned by the American flutist Peter Sheridan, this sonata was given its world premiere by Peter Sheridan accompanied by Claire Cooper on Thursday April 22nd 2009 at Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.   

Peter Sheridan, accompanied by Richard Shaw,  gave the UK premiere of this work at the British Flute Society 7th National Convention at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, on August 19th 2010. Peter has performed the work on numerous occasions on his recital tours around the world, including movements 2 & 3 at the 2013 Australian Flute Festival in Canberra.

In 2014 Peter Sheridan included the sonata on his CD, Sonorous Sonatas, which is now available for purchase on iTunes.

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Oboe and Piano


IDYLL: IN THE GARDENS OF BURDWAN - SONATA FOR OBOE & PIANO Opus 55 (1994) 20'
4 movements   

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This Sonata for Oboe and Piano was composed for George Caird, for first performance with accompanist, Malcolm Wilson, at the Birmingham and Midland Institute on 20th October 1995.

The work was written during the months following the composer's visit to the beautiful gardens of the University of Burdwan in Bengal, India, and represents the composer's emotional response to this part of India.

George Caird and Malcolm Wilson recorded this work for CD entitled 20th Century Music for Oboe and Piano in January 1999 (Classical Recording Company: CRC 1009-2).  To purchase the CD, click the link above.                                                                                                                   

Numerous performances of this work have taken place, in the UK, Europe and the USA, notably one by George Caird and Duncan Honeybourne in a concert of Music by Andrew Downes, on June 21st 2005 in the Adrian Boult Hall Birmingham, to mark the composer's retirement from Birmingham Conservatoire, and a performance by Christopher Redgate (oboe) and Malcolm Wilson (piano) at the composer's 60th birthday concert at Birmingham Conservatoire on November 29th 2010.

The Netherlands premiere was given by Hazel Wright (oboe) and David Brock (piano) at Zwolle Conservatoire of Music on December 11th 1996.

The USA premiere was given by Marc Fink (oboe) and Todd Wellbourne (piano) in Wisconsin, on January 29th 2009, and these players gave the first broadcast performance on WPR Wisconsin in April 2009. 

The CD performance by George Caird and Malcolm Wilson was broadcast on Rhubarbradio.com in June 2011.    
                                                                                                                                                   
'...a substantial 4 movement Idyll, its sounds, as in all this approachable composers' output, genuinely imagined. Its combination of Indian inspiration and ecclesiastical modality proved magical.' 
BIRMINGHAM POST (21.10.95)

' In Downes' fantastic 1995 sonata In the Gardens of BurdwanGeorge Caird's oboe swung from raucous Indian piping to limpid English pastels exactly as this ravishing score demanded.' BIRMINGHAM POST (23.06.05)



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Clarinet and Piano


SONATA FOR CLARINET AND PIANO Opus 100 (2009)
 21'
4 movements 

This Sonata was specially composed for Angus Meryon, clarinet, and Duncan Honeybourne, piano, who gave the first performance in the United Reformed Church, Salisbury, as part of the Salisbury Chamber Music Club series, on 2nd January 2010.

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Trumpet


MEDITATIONS FOR SOLO TRUMPET Opus 38 (1986) 3'  

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Commissioned by Richard Adams of the Cambrian Brass Ensemble and first performed by him at St Paul's Church, Hockley, Birmingham, on June 17th 1986. 

Subsequently performed as part of numerous student recitals at Birmingham Conservatoire, and by professional trumpeters in the UK. 

Examples of known performances: at Birmingham Conservatoire in June 1989 for the Doris Newton Music Club Prize, by Martin Orgill; in the Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham, in June 2000 by Phillip Carroll; in February 2016 in the Carol Nash Recital Room, at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, by Louise Franks.



THE LAST TRUMPET Opus 46 (1990) 1'7"  

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The Last Trumpet (for Solo Trumpet)
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This work was specially composed for the BBC Radio 3 programme, The Offering of Life, by the Rev Canon Denis Claringbull, recorded in St. Paul's Church, Hockley, Birmingham, and broadcast on the 3rd February 1991. The trumpet soloist was Garry Page. 

Subsequently performed as part of numerous student recitals at Birmingham Conservatoire and by professional trumpeters in the UK.

In November 2014 trumpeter Ruari Wilson performed the work in Broughton St Mary's Parish Church, Edinburgh, as part of a special Service of Remembrance for the centenary of World War 1.

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Horn and Piano


SONATA FOR HORN AND PIANO Opus 68 (1998)
 25
3 movements

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This Sonata for Horn and Piano was commissioned by Roland Horvath of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and first performed by James Lowe with Anne Madison in the Theresianische Akademie, Vienna, on 17th March 2001, with subsequent performances at a Hauskonzert bei Familie Horvath in Vienna (June 2001); at the Osterreichische Gesellschaft fur Musik, Vienna (December 2001); in Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Omaha, Nebraska, USA (last movement, August 2002); in the Recital Hall of Birmingham Conservatoire (English premiere, 22nd September 2003); and at the Haus der Komponisten, Vienna (Movement 3, June 2004).  

Ondrej Vrabec (Principal Horn Czech Philharmonic Orchestra) with pianist Daniel Wiesner, performed the complete work in a recital at the Villa Bertramka Mozart Museum, Prague, on 20th September 2008 (Czech premiere)

On 21st October 2011, the Sonata was given its first Australian performance, at the University of Tasmania Conservatorium of Music, by Robert Stonestreet (horn) and Amander Hodder (piano).

"Downes' Sonata combines plainchant, jazz and folk music. He knows the instrument so well, and what works and what doesn't. He writes beautiful lyrical lines and contrasts them with complex rhythms and thematic ideas."  Robert Stonestreet THE MERCURY (Tasmania)

On 23rd October 2011, the Scottish premiere of the Sonata was given by Joe Boyd (horn) in a National Youth Orchestra of Scotland Futures concert, as part of the North East Scotland Festival of New Music.  

A set of 2 CD recordings of Vienna Horns and Piano, made February-May 2001 by the 'Wiener Waldhornverein' (Vienna Horn Association), include this Sonata, played by James Lowe with Anne Madison. (The CDs - entitled Messen und Sonaten and Schlosskonzert - also include Andrew Downes' Sonata for Piano, Sonata for 4 Horns and Suite for 6 Horns).  To purchase the CDs, click on the link above.

This work has been transcribed by Cynthia Downes for Viola and Piano.

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Violin, Horn and Piano


SONATA FOR VIOLIN, HORN AND PIANO Opus 93 (2007)
3 movements

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This work was commissioned by the Brahms Trio Prague (Ondrej Vrabec, solo and principal horn, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra; Monika Vrabcova, violin; and Daniel Wiesner, piano), who gave the world premiere on February 5th 2008 in the Suk Hall of the Rudolfinum, Prague, with subsequent performances at venues such as the Villa Bertramka Mozart Museum, Prague (September 2008), the Martinu Hall, Prague (February 2009) and the Town Theatre, Jablonec, Czech Republic (March 2009).  

With their new violinist, Xenia Dohnalova, the Brahms Trio Prague performed the work in the Philharmonic Hall, Lviv, Ukraine (October 2011) and in the SUk Hall of the Rudolfinum, Prague, in December 2013.  

The Australian premiere was given by Bridget Graham, violin, Andrew Young, horn, and Lauren Simpkins, piano, at the Melba Hall, Melbourne, Australia, on May 29th 2009.

The USA premiere was given by Paul Sonner, violin, Julie Schleif, horn, and Steve Larson, piano, at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Petoskey, Michigan, USA, on February 17th 2013.

The Brahms Trio Prague (Ondrej Vrabec, Monika Vrabcova and Daniel Wiesner) recorded the work for CD in 2008, on the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra Artesmon Label.  Broadcasters of the CD have included Czech Radio, Rhubarbradio.com and Musicians Page Radio, Los Angeles, USA.   To purchase the CD, click here.


' ... a recording that deserves an international gramophone award... The three-movement work is thematically very tightly conceived ... and has great emotional pull ... his sonata has a distinct creative poetry and is appealing to the listener without being ingratiating.'  Lubos Stehlick HARMONIE MAGAZINE, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC (January 2008) 


' This is modern tonal chamber music at its finest.'  THE HORN CALL (journal of the International Horn Society, USA) (May 2008)


' ... everyone who listens to this recording will surely confirm that he (Downes) writes interesting music, which... alternates interestingly meditative sections with playful sections and is narrating something constantly and relaxedly, which gives a great space for the imagination of the interpreters.'  HUDEBNI ROZHLEDY MUSIC MAGAZINE (Czech Republic) (May 2008)


' ... the music is crisp, transparent, well composed for the musicians, and moves between cantabile, tranquillo passages and contrasting rhythmical gymnastics.'   
WWW.MUNDOCLASICO.COM (Spain) (May 2008)


' ... of remarkable craftsmanship and interest.  His language is replete with that indefinable term meaning ... And his writing for horn is truly splendid, challenging for the player, but at the same time gratifying for listener and performer. It starts off in a very meditative manner, always giving the instruments time to speak their piece before joining together in a rather passionate second movement.  The finale brings a dancing jollity to it all, a suitably festive ending.'   FANFARE MAGAZINE (USA) (July 2008)


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This work has been transcribed by Cynthia Downes for Violin, Cello and Piano. This version was premiered at the Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery by Anna Downes (violin), Joanne Jefferis (cello) and Duncan Honeybourne (piano) on 11th September 2013. These same artists have subsequently given further performances of this arrangement of the work at the Herbert Lumby Room, Elgar School of Music, Worcester (March 2014); at the Bay Theatre, Weymouth, Dorset (November 2014); and in Worcester Cathedral (February 2017).  



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