Listen to Cantatas and Oratorios 

On this page:
A St Luke Passion for baritone soloist, SATB choir, piano duet, percussion (2 players) and string orchestra
New Dawn
 - Oratorio for SATB soloists, SATB chorus and symphony orchestra including guitar ensemble. (Native American texts)
Christmas Cantata
Cantata in 7 short movements for SATB and orchestra.
Song of the Prairies - Cantata for SATB soloists, semi-choir of high voices, full chorus and orchestra
Cain and Abel -
Dramatic Cantata in the style of a Greek tragedy, for treble, alto and bass soloists, SATB chorus and piano.

Also listen to:
The Death of Goliath - Dramatic Cantata for Soprano, High Counter-Tenor/Mezzo-Soprano and Baritone soloists with piano


Or watch on youtube:
The Marshes of Glynn - tenor solo, chorus, orchestra

The Ballad of St Kenelm - soprano solo, narrator, actors and instrumental ensemble (fl/picc, ob, bsn, tpt, per, 4 vlns, 2 vlas, 2 vcs, db)


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Cantatas and Oratorios by Andrew Downes



A SAINT LUKE PASSION
The story of the death and resurrection of Christ set to music for baritone soloist, SATB choir, piano duet, percussion (2 players) and string orchestra. 2 performances below.
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Here performed for the 10th anniversary of the Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham by Bryan Rayner Cook with the Birmingham Conservatoire Choir and Orchestra, conducted by Steven Lloyd, in February 1997.

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NEW DAWN

Oratorio for SATB soloists, SATB chorus and symphony orchestra including guitar ensemble. The texts are 19th century translations of traditional poetry from various tribes of North American Indians, predominantly of the New Mexico area. 

Live student performance with Stephen Cleobury conducting The Millennium Scholars Chorus and Orchestra and The Birmingham Conservatoire Guitar Ensemble with soloists Paula Downes (soprano), Timothy Mead (countertenor), Richard Butler (tenor) and William Gaunt (bass), King's Chapel Cambridge, October 2001.

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NEW DAWN: Multitrack Promotional Recording
Oratorio for SATB soloists, SATB chorus and symphony orchestra including guitar ensemble. The texts are 19th century translations of traditional poetry from various tribes of North American Indians, predominantly of the New Mexico area. Multitrack recording by Paula Downes.

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Andrew Downes Composer · Andrew Downes: New Dawn
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CHRISTMAS CANTATA
Cantata in 7 short movements for SATB and orchestra.
Composed for The Chamber Choir, Girls' Choir and Chamber Orchestra of Thames Valley College, Twickenham. Multitrack promotional recording by soprano Paula Downes.

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Premiere in 1974 recorded on a tape recorder: The Chamber Choir, Girls' Choir and Chamber Orchestra of Thames Valley College, Twickenham, directed by Andrew Downes, on December 18th 1974.

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SONG OF THE PRAIRIES
Poem by William Cullen Bryant set to music for SATB soloists, semi-choir of high voices, full chorus and orchestra. Multitrack promotional recording by Soprano Paula Downes. More info.

Andrew Downes Composer · Andrew Downes: Song of the Prairies

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CAIN AND ABEL

Dramatic Cantata in the style of a Greek tragedy, for treble, alto and bass soloists, SATB chorus and piano. The Midland Boy Singers, with soloists Roy Dickinson, Donald Young and Richard Green, accompanied by Alvena Grant (piano) and conducted by Peter Grant, first performed the cantata on 22nd August 1981 in the Kaiser-Willhelm Gedaechtniskirche, Berlin, on their tour of Germany. More info

Andrew Downes Composer · Andrew Downes: Cain And Abel

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