Andrew Downes at 70!

£1,994.02 raised so far!!!

Read the Write-Up of the Central England Ensemble #andrewdownes70 concert on February 8th 2020

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if you would like to perform a work by Andrew Downes in 2020 and we will help you to advertise. We need to know the name of your group, your performance date, time and venue, and the name of the work you will be performing. Send us a jpeg of your poster as soon as you have it. We can also help you to decide what to perform. Browse the Works pages to get some inspiration. Use #andrewdownes70 on twitter and instagram.

A lot of the concerts will have a retiring collection for Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research or they may be 'sponsored plays'. Go to our GoFundMe page for more details.

See the press release here.

If you want to teach about Andrew Downes, then visit for a growing set of resources for all ages.

Cambridgeshire Holiday Orchestra 7+ Choir
Andrew Downes: Cradle Song (no.3 of Ballads for Christmas)
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge,
January 3rd, 2020, 4.30pm
Director: Paula Downes
Pianist: Victoria Royce

St Clement's Church Cambridge
Lunchtime Recitals Series:
"Our Planet" - a selection of solos, duets and trios
Andrew Downes: My friend The Heron
Andrew Downes: A Canopy of Crows
Andrew Downes: World Anthem
January 25th, 1pm

The Cantabrigians
Pianist David Trippett

Central England Ensemble Reunion Concert to celebrate the start of Andrew Downes' 70th Birthday year
Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Building, University of Birmingham
February 8th, 2020, 7.30pm, conducted by Anthony Bradbury. Programme to include Andrew Downes: Celtic Rhapsody with soloist Paula Downes and Rachmaninov Symphony no 2.
Tickets available at Eventbrite for a donation to Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research 
Read the Write-Up

Valentine's Day Concert
St Paul's Church, Cambridge
February 15th, 2020
Andrew Downes: Songs of William Shakespeare - World Premiere
Andrew Downes: 'What Shall I do to show how much I love her?' (arrangement for Soprano, Tenor, Clarinet, Cello and Double Bass
Soprano - Paula Downes
Piano - Victoria Royce
Tenor - Stephen Lawrence
Clarinet - Elliott De Vivo
Cello - Emily Smith
Double Bass - Rosie Moon
Collection for Stoke Mandeville Research

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Andrew Downes Performance Prize:
Recital Hall, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
March 4th, 2020, 7pm

March 28th, 7pm
Bluntisham Baptist Church,
Andrew Downes: Songs for the Planet
Andrew Downes: World Anthem
Andrew Downes: Wind Song
Andrew Downes: Interlude 1 from Odysseus and the Cyclops
Meridian Singers' Climate Change Concert
Director Paula Downes

Great St Mary's Church Lunchtime Recitals, Cambridge
Andrew Downes: Dreamland
Andrew Downes: The Four Songs of  Bluebeard's Wife
April 17th, 2020, 1pm
Himley Trio

Music for Sanctuary Concert Series
Andrew Downes: Dreamland
Andrew Downes: The Four Songs of  Bluebeard's Wife
May 10th, 2020
Hagley, Worcestershire
Himley Trio

July 18th, 7pm
Venue tbc
Music by Andrew Downes
Meridian Singers' Summer Concert
Director Paula Downes
Raising money for Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research 

July 24th, 1.10pm
St Alphege Church, Solihull
Lunchtime Recital
Andrew Downes: The Last Trumpet
Trumpet Frank Stubbs
Organ Darren Hogg

July 27th, 7pm
St Peter's Church Church, Harborne
Lunchtime Recital
Andrew Downes: The Last Trumpet
Trumpet Frank Stubbs
Organ Darren Hogg

Music for Sanctuary Concert Series
Hagley Community Orchestra
August 16th 2020, Hagley, Worcestershire
Conductor Cynthia Downes

Sunday September 6th, 2020
St Peter's Church Kinver
Andrew Downes' Piano Music
performed by Duncan Honeybourne
World Premiere of Andrew Downes' 'Kinver Landscape' performed by Michael Jones

Andrew Downes' 70th Birthday Concert 
Hagley Hall, Worcestershire, 
October 4th, 2020, 2pm
To include:
Meditations for Solo Trumpet
Piano Sonata No.2

Songs from Spoon River 
World Premiere of Symphony No.6 
Violinist Anna Downes
Soprano Paula Downes
Pianist Duncan Honeybourne
Trumpeter Frank Stubbs
Pianist David Trippett 

Composer, Musician and Educator, Iain Masson, will be teaching all ages about Andrew Downes:

"The kids in Wednesfield, Bilston and Moseley who work with me, aged 5-18, and the senior students, will be learning about the music of Andrew Downes as part of Andrew Downes at 70 and English/British music appreciation. They’ll be reading some facts, listening to some pieces, moving to the music and a variety of activities. About 1200 children will be involved. Should be great!"

Teaching resources based on the music of Andrew Downes, including his biography, fun facts, quizzes, world music influences, sacred influences and more, can be found at

If you have performed in any of Andrew Downes' works or come to listen, please share your experiences in the Premieres Blog! Also see what others have said. Thank you so much for your contribution.