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My blog post on the premiere performances of Sonatas for Viola, Cello, and Double Bass with Piano; and Trios for Violin, Horn & Piano, and Violin, Cello & Piano contains some very exciting snippets from the upcoming EM Records release of Andrew Downes' Violin and Viola works and from the wonderful Brahms Trio Prague CD. #brahmstrioprague #emrecords #violinsonata #violasonata #piano #chambermusic #andrewdownes #contemporary #cheltenham #prague #christchurch #christchurchfestival #royalbirminghamconservatoire #rudolfinum #wednesbury #wednesburymuseumandartgallery #rupertmarshallluck #duncanhoneybourne #daviddaly #bournemouthsymphonyorchestra #doublebasssonata #ondrejvrabec #czechphilharmonicorchestra #philharmonichall #ukraine #melbourne #australia #annadownes @Anna.downes #amabiletrio
My latest Blog on the premieres of Andrew Downes' works for solo Oboe, Clarinet, Horn and Trumpet spans from 1986 to 2010. These beautiful works have received performances in fantastic venues throughout the UK, including on Radio 3; in Vienna, Prague, the Netherlands, USA and Australia. His Clarinet Sonata was his Opus 100 and was completed just before he broke his back. Link in bio. #classicalmusic #contemporary #oboe #clarinet #frenchhorn #trumpet #vienna #prague #netherlands #spinalinjury #paraplegic #brokenback #wheelchair #andrewdownes #birminghamandmidlandinstitute #salisbury #chambermusic #stpaulshockley #birmingham #salisburychambermusic #theresianischeackademie #bbc
My latest Blog tells the story of Andrew Downes' works for Solo Flutes and Piano which have taken us on yet more exciting trips, beginning at the American Cathedral in Paris; to Virginia and Massachusetts in the USA; Melbourne, Australia; and in the UK to Birmingham, Stratford, London and Manchester. Heavy snow, and our first trip after Andrew had broken his back made for some hair-raising adventures. #flute #americancathedralparis #paris #usa #virginia #massachusetts #melbourne #australia #uk #birmingham #stratforduponavon #london #manchester #royalnortherncollegeofmusic #royalbirminghamconservatoire #contemporarymusic #british #english
Andrew Downes' highly original works for violin both with and without piano have been performed throughout the world, in the UK, USA, India and France. Read on to find out more! Link in bio. #violin #piano #andrewdownes #annadownes #adrianboulthall #birmingham #mitchapel  #stjohnsfulham #france #ernestelement #elementstringquartet #philharmoniaorchestra #johnbishop #birminghampost #kingsdownduo #kingsdownmusic #royalbirminghamconservatoire
My latest Blog post tells the story of Andrew Downes' piano works which have taken us to such beautiful places as Ireland, Scotland and Vienna as well as venues throughout England, with pianists including Duncan Honeybourne, Malcom Wilson, Anne Madison and David Trippett #royalbirminghamconservatoire #birmingham #devon #ireland #royalirishacademyofmusic #hughlanegallery #vienna #scotland #oban #moray
My latest Blog post (link in bio) is on Andrew Downes' 'Sonata for 2 Pianos' and 'Sonata for 8 Pianists on 4 Pianos'. These unique and well-travelled works have taken us on amazing trips from Birmingham to Israel, France, Italy and back to Birmingham. #royalbirminghamconservatoire #adrianboulthall #birmingham #israel #telaviv #8pianists #4pianos #2pianos #andrewdownes #israel #birminghampost #sovietjewry #bbc #radio3 #communism #ussr #jerusalem #duoscaramouche #paris #france #radiofrancemusique #barletta #italy #genoa #conservatorionicolópaganini #cbsocentre #singershillsynagogue #jewish #radionewzealand
I've often said that Andrew Downes is like a cat with nine lives. My latest Blog post is about the premiere of The Ballad of St Kenelm in 2015, during which he suffered a stroke, but miraculously survived to tell the tale. We are all so grateful to everyone involved for pulling together and making such a success of it. If you were involved and would like to share your own experience, please do at the bottom of this Blog! Thank you in advance and please tag anyone who took part. Many thanks! #andrewdownes #kenelm #balladofstkenelm #hrwilson #halesowen #winchcombe #lichfield #bewdley #stourbridge #romsley #hagley #stjohnschurchhagley #hagleyhall #francesbrettyoung #francesbrettyoungsociety #centralenglandcamerata
This week's Blog post is about Andrew Downes' wonderful Christmas Carol arrangements he produced for Hereford Cathedral Choir in 1979. Link in bio. The premiere coincided with the birth of our youngest daughter, @pauladownes who nearly arrived during the final rehearsal, but she decided not to when the brass started up! #hereford #herefordcathedral #threechoirs #royalbirminghamconservatoire #herefordshire #christmas #carols #arrangements #brass #choral #pauladownes #nativity
This Blog post has taken the longest so far. Andrew Downes' Sonata for Eight Flutes or Flute Choir led to a whirlwind of performances, commissions and then yet more performances, which took us all over America and the UK. The premiere was in New York, and @anna.downes.3 and @pauladownes came with us. Click on the blog post (link in bio) to see photos of them as teenagers! #andrewdownes #newyork #marriotmarquis #bigapple #nationalfluteconvention #washingtondc #uptownflutes #massachusetsflutechoir #arlingtonmass #jamesmadisonuniversity #flutechoir #jamesmadisonuniversityflutechoir #follenchurcharlington #virginia #royalbirminghamconservatoire #nationalflutechoirofgreatbritain #coloradofluteorchestra #birminghamprofessionalflutechoir #stratforduponavoninternationalflutefestival #worcestercathedral #colorado #massachusets
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@pauladownes has just posted a talk that Andrew Downes gave in 1995 on the multicultural influences on his music just before the premiere of his Oboe Sonata. I dug this talk out along with one other, lots of photos and two radio interviews when Paula asked me to record Andrew talking about his music, but sadly he is not up to it at the moment as you can read about on Paula's post. She will gradually be posting all the things I have found on his website and on here. #gardens #burdwan #india #andrewdownes #oboe #multicultural #jewish #african #soviet #English #british #contemporary #classical #piano #american #jazz #irish #folk #caribbean #canadian #mexican #eskimo #nativeamerican #raga #indian #scale #mode
This week's Blog post is about Andrew Downes' Sonata for Eight Horns, which took us on adventures to New Mexico, Vienna and Prague, whilst @anna.downes.3 and @pauladownes got up to all sorts left at home! #andrewdownes #universityofnewmexico #viennaphilharmonicball #czechphilharmonicorchestra #britishhornsociety #hornoctet #skycity #sandiamountains #riogrande #chihuahandesert #nativeamerican #rudolfinum #sukhall #vltava #viennahornsociety #frankdownes #jimlowe #margaretlowe #radekbaborak #ondrejvrabec #dvorakhall