Andrew Downes at 70!

#andrewdownes70
£2,462.02 raised so far!!!

If you would like to donate, please click here and use AD70 as the reference.

Many thanks from the Downes Family xx


Performances:

See our list of #andrewdownes70 performances here

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

Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research
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, click here and use AD70 as the reference.

Read Cynthia Downes' Blog post Andrew Downes: a life of ill health, to understand why he has chosen to donate to Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research

Take Part!
Contact us
if you would like to perform a work by Andrew Downes in 2020 and we will help you to advertise. Online performances are very welcome. We can also help you to decide what to perform. Browse the Works pages to get some inspiration. Use #andrewdownes70 on social media. See below to see what others have done.

See the press release here.


Teaching resources:

If you want to teach about Andrew Downes, then visit musiceducationwhiz.com for a growing set of resources for all ages on the music of Andrew Downes, including his biography, fun facts, quizzes, world music influences, sacred influences and more.

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!"


And look at what he did!



Performances
(live and online)

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

Wednesday February 5th, 2020
Facebook Post in The Listening Room, BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE
Andrew Downes: Concerto for 4 Horns and Symphony Orchestra
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra Live

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 Ensemble, 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

Monday February 10th, 2020
Online share:
Andrew Downes: Sonata for Viola and Piano
Rupert Marshall-Luck - Viola
Duncan Honeybourne - Piano
EM Records

Saturday February 12th, 2020
Online Multitrack Recording Premiere
Andrew Downes: Butterfly
High Voices and Piano
Paula Downes


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

Saturday February 22nd, 2020
Online Multitrack Recording Premiere
Andrew Downes: Holy Communion for Church Congregation/Mass for Trebles
Paula Downes

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


Friday March 6th, 2020
Online share:
Andrew Downes: Symphony No.3, Mvt 3
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Ondrej Vrabec
Artesmon

Monday April 27th 2020
Podcast Episode
:
Music & Conversation: Podcast of English Composer Andrew Downes
Paula Downes interviews Simon Chalk, internationally renowned conductor and former Student at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Saturday March 14th, 2020
Online Multitrack Recording Premiere
Andrew Downes: Preces and Responses
Paula Downes and the Trippett Chorale

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
Frank Stubbs solo trumpet

Thursday March 26th 2020
Online Multitrack Recording Premiere
Andrew Downes: Five Holy Songs
Poems by John Donne for countertenor, mezzo or soprano with strings
Paula Downes - Soprano and Strings

Saturday March 28th 2020, 7pm

Bluntisham Baptist Church,
Cambridgeshire
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


Monday March 30th 2020
Blog Post:
Song Cycles 3: Voice & Instruments
By his Wife and Publisher, Cynthia Downes

Thursday April 3rd, 2020
Online Multitrack Recording Premiere
Andrew Downes: Song of the Prairies
Excerpt of Cantata for SATB Soloists, SSAA Semichorus, SATB Chorus, Orchestra
Poetry by William Cullen Bryant
Paula Downes and The Trippett Chorale

Thursday April 8th, 2020
Online share:
Andrew Downes: Sonata for Violin, Horn & Piano
Brahms Trio Prague
Artesmon

Friday April 9th, 2020
Online share:
Andrew Downes: Concerto for Guitar, Electric Bass Guitar and Strings
Simon Dinnigan and Fred T.Baker together with String players from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the composer
Classicprint

Friday April 10th 2020
Online share:
Andrew Downes: O vos omnes
Unaccompanied High Voices
Animation and Multitrack Recording by Paula Downes

Saturday April 11th 2020
Online share:
Andrew Downes: A St Luke Passion
Baritone soloist, SATB choir, piano duet, percussion (2 players) and string orchestra.
Wolverhampton Civic Choir, Brian Rayner Cook, Orchestra da Camera, Conductor David Hart.

Wednesday April 15th 2020
Online share:
Andrew Downes: Runnymede Millennium Choral Evensong Service, SSAA version
Paula Downes - Multitrack Recording

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

Performances postponed, due to Coronavirus Pandemic


Sunday April 19th 2020
Online share:
Andrew Downes: Idyll: In the Gardens of Burdwan - Sonata for Oboe and Piano
George Caird - Oboe
Malcom Wilson - Piano

Saturday April 25th 2020
Online share:
Andrew Downes: Far from the Madding Crowd
Live performance for the Thomas Hardy Festival, Dorchester, 2006

Monday April 27th 2020
Podcast Episode:
Music & Conversation: Podcast of English Composer Andrew Downes
Paula Downes interviews Geroge Caird, former Principal of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and plays Andrew Downes' Idyll: In the Gardens of Burdwan - Sonata for Oboe and Piano






Thursday April 30th 2020,  12.30pm
'Contemporary Piano Soundbites Online' during Coronavirus lockdown
Andrew Downes: 'Une Promenade' for Piano
World Premiere
Duncan Honeybourne piano



Thursday April 30th 2020
Composer, Sue Aston shared her experiences of performing in Andrew Downes: Centenary Firedances and Andrew Downes: The Marshes of Glynn
on her Discography


Sunday May 3rd 2020
Online 'music from home' during Coronavirus lockdown, raising funds for 'Music for Sanctuary': charities for the homeless.
Andrew Downes: Elegy multitrack recording of arrangement for 4 violins by Anna and Cynthia Downes of Andrew Downes' Suite for Brass Quintet No 1 Mvt 3
Anna Downes playing all 4 violin parts




Monday May 5th 2020
Online 'music from home' during Coronavirus lockdown, raising funds for Spinal Injuries research
Andrew Downes: World Anthem
Words and title by Paula Downes
Vocal and instrumental multitrack video recording by family and friends (ages 5 to 70+)



Saturday May 9th 2020
Online 'music from home' during Coronavirus lockdown, raising funds for 'Music for Sanctuary': charities for the homeless.
Andrew Downes: Solitude from 7 Preludes for Piano
Jeremy Wilkinson (piano)


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

Recital postponed, due to Coronavirus Pandemic



Wednesday May 19th 2020
Blog Post:
Song Cycles 4: Soprano & Symphony Orchestra
By his Wife and Publisher, Cynthia Downes


Wednesday May 20th 2020
Online 'music from home' during Coronavirus lockdown
Andrew Downes: Odysseus and the Cyclops Children's Opera
Multitrack video production
Cyclops voice: Andrew Downes
Cyclops actor in costume: Paula Downes
Odysseus: Persephone Trippett
Islanders: Persephone Trippett, Emilia Trippett
Elders: Paula Downes
Scenery and costumes: Paula, Persephone and Emilia Trippett
Filming and editing: Paula Downes



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Friday May 22nd 2020
Online video premiere:
Andrew Downes: O Praise the Lord, Setting of Psalm 150 for SATB choir and organ
Music Video and Multitrack recording by Paula Downes


Tuesday May 26th 2020
Online 'music from home' during Coronavirus lockdown, raising funds for 'Music for Sanctuary': charities for the homeless.
Andrew Downes:
Folk Dance
 multitrack recording of arrangement for 4 violins by Anna and Cynthia Downes of Andrew Downes' Suite for Brass Quintet No 1 Mvt 4
Anna Downes playing all 4 violin parts


Friday May 28th 2020
Online recording premiere:
Andrew Downes: Festival Overture for St Céré
Multitrack recording by Paula Downes

Sunday May 30th 2020
Online video premiere:
Andrew Downes: O Be Joyful in the Lord all ye Lands, Jubilate for Soprano Soloist SATB choir and organ
Music Video and Multitrack recording by Paula Downes

Sunday May 31st 2020
Online video premiere:
Andrew Downes: Te Deum for unaccompanied high voices in 8 parts
Music Video and Multitrack recording by Paula Downes

Monday June 1st 2020
Online video premiere:
Andrew Downes: Kyrie from Mass & Motet: O Magnum Mysterium arranged for unaccompanied high voices in 6 parts (originally SATTBB)
Music Video and Multitrack recording by Paula Downes

Tuesday June 2nd 2020
Blog Post:
Andrew Downes: A Life of Ill Health
By his Wife and Publisher, Cynthia Downes





Wednesday June 3rd 2020
Online video premiere:
Andrew Downes: Magnificat from Runnymede Choral Millennium Evensong Service arranged for SSAA with organ (originally SATB with organ)
Music Video and Multitrack recording by Paula Downes

Friday June 5th 2020
Online video premiere:
Andrew Downes: Nunc Dimittis from Runnymede Choral Millennium Evensong Service arranged for SSAA with organ (originally SATB with organ)
Music Video and Multitrack recording by Paula Downes

Wednesday June 9th 2020
Online 'music from home' for #andrewdownes70 during Coronavirus lockdown, raising funds for Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research
Andrew Downes: Meditations for Solo Tumpet
Frank Stubbs solo trumpet

Friday June 14th 2020
Online video premiere:
Andrew Downes: I was glad
from Runnymede Choral Millennium Evensong Service arranged for SSAA with organ (originally SATB with organ)
Music Video and Multitrack recording by Paula Downes

Saturday June 15th 2020
Online video premiere:
Andrew Downes: Sanctus from Mass & Motet: O Magnum Mysterium arranged for unaccompanied high voices in 6 parts (originally SATTBB)
Music Video and Multitrack recording by Paula Downes

Sunday June 16th 2020
Facebook post:

Sunday June 21st 2020
Online 'music from home' during Coronavirus lockdown, raising funds for 'Music for Sanctuary': charities for the homeless.
Andrew Downes: Sonata for Violin and Piano, 2nd Mvt 
Himley Duo

Saturday June 26th 2020
Online share:
Andrew Downes: Mass & Motet: O Magnum Mysterium  Birmingham School of Music Chamber Choir in Lapley Church, Staffordshire, conducted by the composer in May 1977.

Friday July 3rd 2020
Online 'music from home' during Coronavirus lockdown, raising funds for 'Music for Sanctuary': charities for the homeless.
Andrew Downes: Wind Song
Hagley Community Orchestra and Singers
Conductor Cynthia Downes

Friday July 3rd 2020
Online share
Andrew Downes: We need to stop flying
Music Video by Paula Downes

Friday July 3rd 2020
Facebook post:

Saturday July 4th 2020
Online premiere:
Andrew Downes: Gloria
from Mass & Motet: O Magnum Mysterium
arranged for unaccompanied high voices in 6 parts (originally SATTBB)
Multitrack recording by Paula Downes

Tuesday July 7th 2020
Online premiere:
Andrew Downes: Journey from his oratorio New Dawn

Multitrack recording by Paula Downes

Thursday July 9th 2020
Facebook post:

Friday July 10th 2020
Online share:
Andrew Downes: I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills
Choir of Royal Holloway, directed by Lionel Pike

Saturday July 11th 2020
Online video premiere:
Andrew Downes: Mass & Motet: O Magnum Mysterium arranged for unaccompanied high voices in 6 parts (originally SATTBB)
Music Video and Multitrack recording by Paula Downes

Sunday July 12th 2020
Facebook post:

Thursday July 16th 2020
Online share:
Andrew Downes, Countertenor, singing Purcell's Music for a While in 1975

Saturday July 18th 2020, 7pm
Venue tbc
Music by Andrew Downes
Meridian Singers' Summer Concert
Director Paula Downes
Raising money for Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research

Concert postponed, due to Coronavirus Pandemic

Saturday July 18th 2020
Podcast Episode:
Around the Horn, Chapter 1 by Frank Downes
Paula Downes reads

Sunday July 19th 2020
Music video premiere, Extinction Rebellion, Red Rebel Brigade, Shoe Ceremony
Andrew Downes: Awaiting Dawn
from oratorio New Dawn
Music video by Paula Downes

Photography by Jeremy Peters
Text and film by Mike Scialom
Singers: Paula Downes and husband

Monday July 20th 2020
1,000 downloads of the Music & Conversation: Podcast of English Composer Andrew Downes reached!

Tuesday July 21st 2020
Online share:
Andrew Downes: Song of the Eagle

James Madison University Flute Choir (Virginia USA)
Conductor Carol Kniebusch Noe


Friday July 24th 2020, 1.10pm
St Alphege Church, Solihull
Lunchtime Recital
Andrew Downes: The Last Trumpet
Trumpet Frank Stubbs
Organ Darren Hogg

Sunday July 26th 2020
Online share:
Celtic Rhapsody for Soprano and Symphony Orchestra, Mvt 2
Paula Downes Soprano
Central England Camerata
Conductor Anthony Bradbury
Leader Anna Downes

Monday July 27th 2020, 7pm
St Peter's Church Church, Harborne
Lunchtime Recital
Andrew Downes: The Last Trumpet
Trumpet Frank Stubbs
Organ Darren Hogg

Monday July 27th 2020
Online share:
Andrew Downes: Concerto for 2 Pianos and String Orchestra, Mvt 2
Duo Sacramouche
Sinfonia UK
Conductor Steven Lloyd

Saturday August 2nd 2020
Podcast Episode:
Around the Horn, Chapter 2 by Frank Downes
Paula Downes reads


Sunday August 3rd 2020
Online share:
Andrew Downes: Concerto for 2 Pianos and String Orchestra, Mvt 1
Duo Sacramouche
Sinfonia UK
Conductor Steven Lloyd


Tuesday August 5th 2020
Music video premiere, showing traffic issues, Coldhams Lane, Cambridge
Andrew Downes: Symphony for Wind Band, Mvt 5
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor Ondrej Vrabec
Music video by Paula Downes


Tuesday August 5th 2020
Online share:
Andrew Downes: Daybreak in the Fields from 7 Preludes for Piano
Duncan Honeybourne - Piano

Tuesday August 11th 2020
Online share:
Andrew Downes: Centenary Firedances, Mvt 3, Irish Dance
Birmingham Conservatoire Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jonathan Del Mar

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

Concert postponed, due to Coronavirus Pandemic

Thursday August 20th 2020, 2pm
Andrew Downes' 70th Birthday Festival
Videos of live performances from around the UK shown on YouTube and on Facebook as a Watch Party.
String Quartet No. 1, Mvt 1
Amabile Quartet:
Violin 1 - Anna Downes
Violin 2 - Chloe Baker
Viola - Dan Neville
Cello - Joanne Jefferis
Meditations for Solo Trumpet
Frank Stubbs - Trumpet
2 Songs of William Shakespeare
Sarah Brown from Songs from Spoon River
Paula Downes - Soprano
David Trippett - Piano
Piano Sonata No.2
Duncan Honeybourne - Piano
Sonata for Violin and Piano
Anna Downes - Violin
Tony Bridgewater - Piano
Suite No.1 for Brass Quintet
Sennet Brass Ensemble:
Trumpet 1 - Steve Lee
Trumpet 2 - Frank Stubbs
Horn - Claire Dawes
Trombone - Chris Hickman
Tuba - Andy Johnson

Wednesday August 26th 2020
Music video premiere:
Butterfly - setting of a poem by D.H. Lawrence for high voices and piano
Music video and multitrack recording by Paula Downes


Sunday August 30th 2020
Online share:
Andrew Downes, Countertenor, singing Byrd's Ode on the death of Thomas Tallis


Thursday September 3rd 2020
Podcast Episode:
Around the Horn, Chapter 3 by Frank Downes
Paula Downes reads


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


Tuesday September 8th
Article in the ISM Journal about #andrewdownes70

Thursday September 17th 2020
Podcast Episode:
Around the Horn, Chapter 4 by Frank Downes
Paula Downes reads

Thursday September 17th 2020
Online share:
O Sing unto the Lord a New Song
Royal Holloway Chapel Choir under Lionel Pike


Friday September 18th 2020
Music Video premiere:
Andrew Downes: Four Songs of Bluebeard's Wife
Paula Downes - Voice, Violin, Video Creator
David Trippett - Piano


Sunday September 20th 2020
Multitrack Recording Premiere:
Andrew Downes: The Mercies of our Lord
Paula Downes & the Trippett Chorale


Monday September 21st 2020
Concert recording:
Andrew Downes: String Quartet No.1, Mvt 2
Amabile Quartet:
Anna Downes - Violin 1
Chloe Baker - Violin 2
Dan Neville - Viola
Joanne Jefferis - Cello


Tuesday September 22th 2020
Music Video Premiere:
Andrew Downes: The Mercies of our Lord
Music Video by Paula Downes singing with the Trippett Chorale


Thursday September 30th 2020
Music Video Premiere for #NationalPoetryDay:
Andrew Downes: Songs of Persephone
Poems by Andrew Downes' granddaughter.
Music Video by Soprano Paula Downes, performing with pianist David Trippett

Sunday October 4th 2020, 2pm
Andrew Downes' 70th Birthday Concert 
Hagley Hall, Worcestershire, 
Andrew Downes: 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 

Concert postponed, due to Coronavirus Pandemic: There will be a recording instead initially

Sunday October 4th 2020
Countess of Huntingdon Hall, Worcester
World Premiere Recording of Symphony No.6

Central England Camerata
Conductor Anthony Bradbury 
Anna Downes Leader

Monday October 5th 2020
Multitrack Recording Premiere:
Andrew Downes: New Dawn, Mvt 1
Paula Downes & the Trippett Chorale


Monday October 12th 2020
Video Premiere:
Andrew Downes: String Quartet No.2, Mvt 1
The Amabile Quartet
Anna Downes - Violin 1
Chloe Baker - Violin 2
Daniel Neville - Viola
Joanne Jefferis - Cello
Video by Paula Downes


Monday October 5th 2020
Multitrack Recording Premiere:
Andrew Downes: New Dawn, Mvt 4
Paula Downes & the Trippett Chorale

Thursday October 15th 2020
Video Premiere:
Andrew Downes: String Quartet No.1, Mvt 3
The Amabile Quartet
Anna Downes - Violin 1
Chloe Baker - Violin 2
Daniel Neville - Viola
Joanne Jefferis - Cello
Video by Paula Downes

Saturday October 17th 2020
Blog Post:
Cain and Abel -
Dramatic Cantata in the style of a Greek tragedy, for treble, alto and bass soloists, SATB chorus and piano
By his Wife and Publisher, Cynthia Downes

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.



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