Radio and TV Broadcasts

Saturday January 18th 1975, 2.30pm
Pebble mill Studios, Birmingham
Live broadcast on BBC Radio 2
Andrew Downes: What can I do to show how much I love her?
Counterpoint
Andrew Downes, Philip Griffiths (countertenors)
John Tudhope, John Walker (tenors)
Christopher Dean, Anthony Edwards (basses)

Wednesday March 10th 1976, 7.10pm
Aston University Centre for the Arts
Concert broadcast live on BBC Radio Birmingham
Andrew Downes: Overture for St Cere
Birmingham School of Music Chamber Orchestra
Director Frank Downes

Wednesday June 29th 1977, 7.10pm
Knights Templars Church, Temple Balsall, Warwickshire
BBB Radio Birmingham broadcast
Andrew Downes: Motet & Mass: 'O Magnum Mysterium'
Birmingham School of Music Chamber Choir
Conductor Andrew Downes

Saturday June 3rd 1978, 2.30pm
The Great Hall, Alexandra Palace, London
Open University Graduation Ceremony
Performance broadcast on BBC 2 Television 
Andrew Downes: Fanfare for a Ceremony
Birmingham School of Music Brass Ensemblec
Director Frank Downes


Saturday June 3rd 1978, 2.30pm
The Great Hall, Alexandra Palace, London
Open University Graduation Ceremony
Performance broadcast on BBC 2 Television 
Andrew Downes: Fanfare for a Ceremony
Birmingham School of Music Brass Ensemble
Director Frank Downes

Wednesday December 27th 1978, 10.20am
Bridlington Priory, Yorkshire
BBC Radio 3 broadcast
Andrew Downes: Prelude, Fanfare and Postlude for Organ
John Bishop (organ)


Monday June 11th 1979, 7.45pm
St Paul's Church, Hockley
Recorded performance broadcast on BBC Radio Birmingham
Andrew Downes: The Death of Goliath
Goliath: Michael Dowding (bass-baritone)
Wife of Goliath: Catherine James (soprano)
David: Andrew Downes (counter-tenor)
Malcolm Wilson (piano)


Monday September 3rd 1979, 7.45pm
St Paul's Church, Hockley
Repeat of performance broadcast on 11.6.79 
BBC Radio Birmingham

Andrew Downes: The Death of Goliath
Goliath: Michael Dowding (bass-baritone)
Wife of Goliath: Catherine James (soprano)
David: Andrew Downes (counter-tenor)
Malcolm Wilson (piano)


Monday July 12th 1982, 7.30pm
Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria
Concert broadcast on Austrian Radio (ORF)
Andrew Downes: Toccata for Small Orchestra
Birmingham Academy Chamber Orchestra
Leader and Director Margaret Faultless
Winners of the Vienna Youth & Music Prize and the City of Vienna Prize


Thursday November 1st 1984, 10.45am
BBC Radio 4 'The Daily Service'
Andrew Downes: O love the Lord all ye his Saints 
(World Premiere)
Birmingham School of Music Chamber Choir
Director John Bishop


Friday November 2nd 1984, 10.45am
BBC Radio 4 'The Daily Service'
Andrew Downes: The Souls of the Righteous
(World Premiere)
Birmingham School of Music Chamber Choir
Director John Bishop


Saturday November 3rd 1984, 10.45pm
BBC Radio 4 'The Evening Service'
Andrew Downes: In Peace I will lie down and sleep
(World Premiere)
Birmingham School of Music Chamber Choir
Director John Bishop


Monday October 28th 1985, 11.30am
BBC Radio 3 broadcast
Andrew Downes: Old Love's Domain (World Premiere)
John Mitchinson (tenor)
Michael Pollock (piano)


Monday August 17th 1987, 10.05pm
BBC Radio 3
Programme entiled Magnum Opus '...in which the emphasis is on the composer rather than on the performer'
Andrew Downes: 'Piano'
Cantamus Girls' Choir
Michael Neaum (piano)
Director Pamela Cook


Friday February 19th 1988, 4.25pm
BBC Radio 3
Andrew Downes: 'Piano'
Cantamus Girls' Choir
Conductor Pamela Cook


Monday May 7th 1990, 11.47am
BBC Radio 3 broadcast. Programme entitled Inspired by Israel 
(Recorded at Recital on January 17th in Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham)
Andrew Downes: Sonata for 2 Pianos
Bracha Eden and Alexander Tamir (pianos)


Sunday July 22nd 1990, 2.20pm
BBC Radio 3 broadcast
Programme entitled Early Life and After Life
Songs from Spoon River (World Premiere)
Sarah Walker (mezzo-soprano)
Roger Vignoles (piano)Saturday


September 22nd 1990, 10pm (Peking time)
Central Peking Radio broadcast
With Introduction to the Composer
Andrew Downes: Symphony No 1
Recording of concert performance by Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Mark Foster, in Holy Trinity Church, Cheltenham, as part of the 1984 Cheltenham Festival


Sunday September 23rd 1990, 10am (Peking time)
Central Peking Radio broadcast
With Introduction to the Composer
Andrew Downes: Symphony No 1
Recording of concert performance by Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Mark Foster, in Holy Trinity Church, Cheltenham, as part of the 1984 Cheltenham Festival


Saturday September 29th 1990, 10pm (Peking time)
Central Peking Radio broadcast
Andrew Downes: Symphony No 2
Recording of concert performance by Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Anthony Miller, in the Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham, in 1988
Andrew Downes : Centenary Firedances
Recording made in January 1989 by Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jonathan Del Mar, in the Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham


Sunday September 30th 1990, 10am (Peking time)
Central Peking Radio broadcast
Andrew Downes: Symphony No 2
Recording of concert performance by Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Anthony Miller, in the Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham, in 1988
Andrew Downes : Centenary Firedances
Recording made in January 1989 by Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jonathan Del Mar, in the Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham


Saturday October 13th 1990, 10pm (Peking time)
Central Peking Radio broadcast
With Introduction to the Composer
Andrew Downes: Symphony No 1
Recording of concert performance by Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Mark Foster, in Holy Trinity Church, Cheltenham, as part of the 1984 Cheltenham Festival


Sunday October 14th 1990, 10am (Peking time)
Central Peking Radio broadcast
With Introduction to the Composer
Andrew Downes: Symphony No 1
Recording of concert performance by Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Mark Foster, in Holy Trinity Church, Cheltenham, as part of the 1984 Cheltenham Festival


Saturday October 20th 1990, 10pm (Peking time)
Central Peking Radio broadcast
Andrew Downes: Symphony No 2
Recording of concert performance by Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Anthony Miller, in the Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham, in 1988
Andrew Downes : Centenary Firedances
Recording made in January 1989 by Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jonathan Del Mar, in the Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham


Sunday October 21st 1990, 10am (Peking time)
Central Peking Radio broadcast
Andrew Downes: Symphony No 2
Recording of concert performance by Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Anthony Miller, in the Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham, in 1988
Andrew Downes : Centenary Firedances
Recording made in January 1989 by Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jonathan Del Mar, in the Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham


Wednesday September 23rd 1992
BBC Radio 3
Andrew Downes: Centenary Firedances 
CD recording by
Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Jonathan Del Mar


Wednesday July 28th 1993, 5pm (approx.)
BBC Radio 3: "In Tune"
Andrew Downes: Centenary Firedances (excerpt)
Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Jonathan Del Mar


Sunday August 14th 1994
Canadian TV
Andrew Downes: Blazon from  Brass Quintet No 2
Brass Pages


Friday November 17th 1995, 12.45pm
Maison de Radio France Musique, Paris
Live broadcast
Andrew Downes: Sonata for 2 Pianos
Duo Scaramouche
Filippo Antonelli and Malvina Renault (pianos)


Monday March 11th 1996, 8pm
Chiesa Sant'Andrea, Barletta, Italy
Performance broadcast on Italian Radio and TV
Andrew Downes: Sonata for 2 Pianos
Duo Scaramouche
Malvina Renault-Vieville, Filippo Antonelli (pianos)


Thursday November 16th 2000 
BBC Radio 3 ‘Late Junction’ (11.15pm)
Andrew Downes: Sonata for 8 Horns
Horns of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra


Saturday April 7th 2001
Radio Netherlands broadcast
Andrew Downes: Sonata for 8 Horns
Czech Philharmonic Horns


Saturday April 7th 2001
Radio Netherlands broadcast
Andrew Downes: Concerto for Guitar, Bass Guitar and Strings
Simon Dinnigan (acoustic guitar)
Fred T. Baker (electric bass guitar)
Strings of the City of Birmingham


Sunday July 1st 2001
Radio Netherlands broadcast
Andrew Downes: Sonata for 8 Horns
Czech Philharmonic Horns


Sunday July 1st 2001
Radio Netherlands broadcast
Andrew Downes: Concerto for Guitar, Bass Guitar and Strings
Simon Dinnigan (acoustic guitar)
Fred T. Baker (electric bass guitar)
Strings of the City of Birmingham


Saturday July 14th 2001
BBC Radio 3 broadcast
Listeners’ Choice
Andrew Downes: Sonatina for Piano
Duncan Honeybourne (piano)


Saturday September 22nd 2001
BBC Radio 3 broadcast
Listeners’ Choice
Andrew Downes: Centenary Firedances
Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra


Tuesday December 11th 2001
BBC Radio 3 broadcast 
Late Junction
Andrew Downes: Concerto for Guitar, Bass Guitar and Strings
Simon Dinnigan (acoustic guitar)
Fred T. Baker (electric bass guitar)
Strings of the City of Birmingham


Wednesday December 15th 2001
BBC Radio 3 broadcast
Listeners’ Choice
Andrew Downes: Sonata for 8 Horns (4th Movement)
Horns of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra


Wednesday March 19th 2003
Czech Radio
Andrew Downes: Concerto for 4 Horns and Symphony Orchestra

Radek Baborak, Ondrej Vrabec, Stanislav Suchanek, Zdenek Divoky (solo horns)
Czech Radio Orchestra


Monday June 14th 2004      
Dutch Radio      
Andrew Downes: Concerto for Guitar, Bass Guitar and Strings      
Simon Dinnigan/Fred T Baker/Strings of the City of Birmingham 
Conductor Andrew Downes


Monday June 14th 2004      
Dutch Radio     
Andrew Downes: Cool Largo      
Simon Dinnigan (acoustic guitar)
Fred T Baker (electric bass guitar)
 

Sunday July 1st 2004      
Dutch Radio      
Andrew Downes: Concerto for Guitar, Bass Guitar and Strings     
Simon Dinnigan/Fred T Baker/Strings of the City of Birmingham
Conductor Andrew Downes 


Sunday July 1st 2004      
Dutch Radio      
Andrew Downes: Cool Largo      
Simon Dinnigan (acoustic guitar)
Fred T Baker (electric bass guitar)


Sunday March 29th 2009, 12 noon
Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR), Wisconsin, USA
Andrew Downes: Idyll: In the Gardens of Burdwan
Marc Fink oboe
Todd Wellbourne piano


Tuesday May 24th 2011, 3pm
Rhubarb Radio (broadcast performance)
Andrew Downes: Sonata for Violin, Horn and Piano
Brahms Trio Prague
Monika Vrabcova (violin)
Ondrej Vrabec (horn)
Daniel Wiesner (piano)


Tuesday June 28th 2011, 3pm
Rhubarb Radio (broadcast performance)
Andrew Downes: Idyll In the Gardens of Burdwan (Movement 3)
George Caird (oboe)
Malcolm Wilson (piano)


Tuesday July 5th 2011, 3pm
Rhubarb Radio (broadcast performance)
Andrew Downes: Meditation from 5 Dramatic Pieces for 8 Wagner Tubas
Hornists of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra


Tuesday July 26th 2011, 3pm
Rhubarb Radio (broadcast performance)
Andrew Downes: Songs from Spoon River
Paula Downes (soprano)
David Trippett (piano)


Tuesday October 11th 2011, 4pm
Rhubarb Radio (broadcast performance)
Andrew Downes: Sonata for Flute Choir
Flute Choir of James Madison University, Virginia, USA
Conducted by Carol Kniebusch Noe


Thursday May 10th 2012, 6.30pm
BBC 1 TV Midlands Today
Andrew Downes: Far from the Madding Crowd, Act 4 Scene 3 
(Excerpt)
Paula Downes (soprano)
Ali Hill (soprano)
Central England Ensemble, conductor David Trippett


Wednesday October 3rd 2012, 3.30pm
BBC Radio 3 Choral Evensong
Andrew Downes: In Peace I Will Lie Down and Sleep
Choir of Winchester College
Director of Music Malcolm Archer


Sunday October 7th 2012, 4pm
BBC Radio 3 Choral Evensong
Andrew Downes: In Peace I Will Lie Down and Sleep
Choir of Winchester College
Director of Music Malcolm Archer


Sunday December 30th 2012, 8.45am
Andrew Downes interview on BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester regarding The Ballad of St Kenelm commission.


Monday December 31st 2012, 8.45am
Andrew Downes interview on BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester.  Look back at Horn Concerto.


Sunday May 11th 2014, 2.19pm
Classic FM Radio broadcast
Andrew Downes: Prelude, 'The Forest At Dawn'
Duncan Honeybourne (piano)


Thursday May 22nd 2014 (Wagner's birthday), just after 7am
BBC Radio 3
Andrew Downes: 5 Dramatic Pieces for 8 Wagner Tubas           (Movement 5 - 'Jubilate')
Horn section of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra ("Gorgeous writing", Petroc Trelawny, BBC Radio 3)


Monday April 11th 2016
Launch on Czech Music Everything Radio Show:
Interview with Andrew Downes by Laurence Lewis
including extracts from
Andrew Downes: Symphony No 1 for Organ, Brass, Percussion & Strings (movement 3)
Andrew Downes: Symphony No 3: 'Spirits of the Earth' 
(movement 4)
Andrew Downes: Symphony no 4 scored for Concert Wind Band
(movement 3)
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor Ondrej Vrabec
The Lord is my Shepherd from The Runnymede Service
Chapel Choir of Royal Holloway, University of London
Director Lionel Pike
Five Dramatic Pieces for Eight Wagner Tubas (movement 3)
Horns of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra


Broadcast on numerous occasions on Musicians Page Radio, Los Angeles, USA:-

Andrew Downes: Songs from Spoon River
CD recording by Paula Downes (soprano) & David Trippett (piano)
July 2000

Andrew Downes: Runnymede Choral Evensong Service
Andrew Downes: O Love the Lord, all ye his Saints

Andrew Downes: The Souls of the Righteous

Andrew Downes: In Peace I will lie down and sleep

Andrew Downes: O Sing unto the Lord a New Song

Andrew Downes: I will lift up mine eyes unto the Hills

CD recording by the Chapel Choir of Royal Holloway, University of London, with Brian Moles (organ), directed by Lionel Pike, made in Arundel Cathedral in January 2001.

Andrew Downes: Sonatina for Piano
CD recording by Duncan Honeybourne (piano), May 2005

Andrew Downes: Piano Sonata No 1
CD recording by Duncan Honeybourne (piano), May 2005

Andrew Downes: Piano Sonata No 2
CD recording by Duncan Honeybourne (piano), May 2005

Andrew Downes: Sonata for 2 Pianos
Recording of concert performance by Joseph Weingarten, Margaret Newman (pianos) in the Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham, in July 1987

Andrew Downes: Sonata for Violin, Horn and Piano 
Recording on CD entitled Brahms Trio Prague
Performed by the Brahms Trio Prague
Monika Vrabcova violin
Ondrej Vrabec horn

Andrew Downes: Concerto for Guitar, Bass Guitar and Strings
CD Recording made at Birmingham Conservatoire in 2000 by
Simon Dinnigan (acoustic guitar)
Fred T. Baker (electric bass guitar)
Strings of the City of Birmingham
Conductor Andrew Downes

Andrew Downes: Symphony No 2
Recording of concert performance by Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Anthony Miller, in the Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham, in 1988

Andrew Downes : Centenary Firedances
CD recording, made in January 1989 by Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jonathan Del Mar, in the Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham

Andrew Downes: The Marshes of Glynn
Recording made in February 1986 by Birmingham Conservatoire Chorus & Symphony Orchestra, with John Mitchinson (tenor), conducted by Damian Cranmer, in the Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham

Andrew Downes: Sonata for 8 Horns
Recording for CD entitled Czech Philharmonic Horns
by the Horns of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra


Andrew Downes: Sonata for 4 Horns
Andrew Downes: Suite for 6 Horns
Andrew Downes: Five Dramatic Pieces for 8 Wagner Tubas
Recording for CD entitled Music for Horns and Wagner Tubas
by the Horns of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Andrew Downes: Sonata for Flute Choir
Andrew Downes: Fantasia for Alto & Bass Flute soloists with 5 part Concert Flute Choir
Andrew Downes: Song of the Eagle
Recordings for CD, entitled Sounds and Colors, by James Madison University Flute Choir, Virginia, USA, directed by Carol Kniebusch Noe,
in March 2000 at James Madison University, West Virginia, USA

Andrew Downes: Sonata for Flute Choir
Andrew Downes: Fantasia for Alto & Bass Flute soloists with 5 part Concert Flute Choir
Recordings made for CD, entitled Pasorale Sounds, by Massachussetts Flute Choir, directed by Danielle Boudrot in 2000 in The Studio, Belgrade Avenue, Roslindale, MA, USA




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