Andrew Downes at 70!

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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 JustGiving 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.

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 

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

Andrew Downes' 70th Birthday Concert 
Hagley Hall, Worcestershire, 
October 4th, 2020, 2pm
To include:
World Premiere of Symphony No.6 performed by Central England Camerata, 
Songs from Spoon River and chamber music performed by Duncan Honeybourne, Anna Downes, Paula Downes, 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.