Andrew Downes at 70!

£2,014.02 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'. If you would like to donate, do contact us.

See the press release here.

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

Friday January 3rd 2020
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
First performance of Andrew Downes' 70th Birthday year
Andrew Downes: Cradle Song from Ballads for Christmas
Cambridgeshire Holiday Orchestra 7+ Choir
Director Paula Downes
Victoria Royce piano

Saturday January 25th 2020, 1pm
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

The Cantabrigians
David Trippett piano

Saturday February 8th 2020, 7.30pm
Central England Ensemble Reunion Concert to celebrate the start of Andrew Downes' 70th Birthday year

Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Building, University of Birmingham 
Andrew Downes: Celtic Rhapsody 
Central England Ensembel, Leader Anna Downes
Conductor Anthony Bradbury

Paula Downes soprano soloist  

Tickets available at Eventbrite for a donation to Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research 
Read the Write-Up

Saturday February 15th 2020 7.30pm
Valentine's Day Concert

St Paul's Church, Cambridge
Andrew Downes: Two 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

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

Sunday March 22nd 2020, 3pm
Online 'music from home' recital during Coronavirus lockdown, raising funds for 'Music for Sanctuary': charities for the homeless
Andrew Downes: Kyrie and Gloria from Sacred Mass for Solo Violin
Anna Downes violin

Wednesday March 25th 2020
'Piano soundbites online' during Coronavirus lockdown
Andrew Downes: Nightfall from 7 Postludes for Piano
Duncan Honeybourne piano

Thursday March 26th 2020
Online 'music from home' during Coronavirus lockdown, raising funds for 'Music for Sanctuary': charities for the homeless
Andrew Downes: Meditations for Solo Trumpet Mvt 1
Frank Stubbs solo trumpet

Saturday 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

Performances postponed, due to Coronavirus Pandemic

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

Sunday May 10th, 2020, 3pm
Music for Sanctuary Concert Series
Andrew Downes: Dreamland
Andrew Downes: The Four Songs of Bluebeard's Wife
St John's Church
Hagley, Worcestershire
Himley Trio

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

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

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

Sunday August 16th 2020, 3pm
Music for Sanctuary Concert Series
St John's Church, Hagley, Worcestershire
Hagley Community Orchestra
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

Sunday October 4th, 2020, 2pm
Andrew Downes' 70th Birthday Concert 
Hagley Hall, Worcestershire, 
Meditations for Solo Trumpet
Piano Sonata No.2
Songs from Spoon River 
World Premiere of Symphony No.6

Central England Camerata
Conductor Anthony Bradbury 
Anna Downes solo violin
Paula Downes soprano  
Duncan Honeybourne piano
Frank Stubbs trumpet
David Trippett piano 

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.