VIDEO PODCAST: John Dante Prevedini leads a discussion about Youth Involvement in Classical Music - this specially extended illustrated feature includes contributions from Christopher Morley, Gerald Fenech, Halida Dinova, Patricia Spencer and Roderic Dunnett.
VIDEO PODCAST: Discussion about Bernard Haitink (1929-2021), Salzburg, Roger Doyle's Finnegans Wake Project, the English Symphony Orchestra, the Chopin Competition Warsaw, Los Angeles Opera and other subjects in our hour-long November 2021 video.
'... varied, innovative, involving and absorbing.' - Roderic Dunnett, of Andrew Downes' music
British composer and teacher Andrew Downes was born in Handsworth (Birmingham) on 20 August 1950. He studied composition at St John's College, Cambridge and then with Herbert Howells at the Royal College of Music in London.
From 1992 until 2005 he was Head of the School of Composition and Creative Studies at Birmingham Conservatoire, but then retired due to ill health.
He was much-commissioned, and his music appears on at least seventeen CDs and has been performed and broadcast all over the world.
Andrew Downes died on 2 January 2023, aged seventy-two, after battling long-term health conditions for most of his life.
Further information: andrewdownes.com
Pleasingly Eclectic - Mike Wheeler listens to James Curnow, J S Bach, Andrew Downes, Simon Lesley, Randy Newman, Lennon and McCartney, and Irving Berlin from Curzon Brass
CD Spotlight. On Buoyant Form - Orchestral music by Andrew Downes, heard by Roderic Dunnett. '... varied, innovative, involving and absorbing.'
Ensemble. Cogent Achievements - Peter Maxwell Davies' tenth symphony and other British music, heard by Roderic Dunnett
Record Box. Unique Timbres - A recording by The Brahms Trio Prague, reviewed by George Balcombe