Music & Conversation: The Podcast of English Composer Andrew Downes
Episode 17: George Caird

Episode 17: George Caird

April 27, 2020

Paula Downes interviews George Caird, internationally renowned oboist and former Head of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, at the same time as when Andrew Downes was Head of the School of Composition and Creative Studies there. George talks about his time at the Conservatoire, his career as an oboist, and his other Headships and we present his and pianist Malcom Wilson's recording of Andrew Downes' Oboe Sonata of 1995, "Idyll: In the Gardens of Burdwan".

Episode 16: Simon Chalk

Episode 16: Simon Chalk

March 11, 2020

Paula Downes interviews Simon Chalk, internationally renowned conductor and violinist, and former student of Andrew Downes at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

Episode 15: The Tantrum That Saved The World

Episode 15: The Tantrum That Saved The World

December 3, 2019

Paula Downes narrates The Tantrum That Saved The World, a book about Climate Change for Children by Megan Herbert and Michael E. Mann accompanied by Andrew Downes' Mass for Solo Violin performed by Rupert Marshall-Luck. There is a video with illustrations from the book on youtube. https://www.andrewdownes.com/Instrumental-Solo.html#VIOLIN

Purchase the book here: https://michaelmann.net/content/tantrum-saved-world-carbon-neutral-kids-book

Episode 14: Choral Evensong for SSAA, Festival of St Cecilia

Episode 14: Choral Evensong for SSAA, Festival of St Cecilia

November 22, 2019

An Evensong to celebrate the Festival of the Patron Saint of Music: St Cecilia.

Paula Downes presents her arrangements of Andrew Downes' Runnymede Millennium Choral Evensong for SSAA (originally SATB).

https://www.andrewdownes.com/Choral.html#RUNNYMEDE2

 

Episode 13: Christmas

Episode 13: Christmas

November 13, 2019

Paula Downes presents Andrew Downes' wonderful Christmas music which takes us on a journey through time and around the world.

Works covered: 

Christmas Cantata - SATB and Orchestra

Motet and Mass: O Magnum Mysterium - SSSAAA (originally SATTBB)

Ballads for Christmas - high voices and harp

Coventry Carol - arrangement for Treble Solo, SATBB

Veni Emmanuel - arrangement for SATB  Brass Sextet and Organ

andrewdownes.com

Educational resources at musiceducationwhiz.com

 

 

 

 

Episode 12: Rupert Marshall-Luck

Episode 12: Rupert Marshall-Luck

September 9, 2019

Paula Downes interviews violinist and violist Rupert Marshall-Luck about his recent CD release with EM Records: The God Marduk: Works for Violin, Viola and Piano by Andrew Downes, performed by Rupert Marshall-Luck on the Violin and Viola, and Duncan Honeybourne on the Piano. More information on the CD can be found here

Episode 11: Anthony Bradbury

Episode 11: Anthony Bradbury

July 1, 2019

Paula Downes interviews conductor Anthony Bradbury about their recent recording of Andrew Downes' Celtic Rhapsody for Soprano and Symphony Orchestra with Paula Downes Soprano and Anthony Bradbury conducting the Central England Camerata with Anna Downes leading. They also talk about the last time they performed the work together 16 years ago and the other experiences Anthony has had of performing the works of Andrew Downes.

Episode 10: Karen Demsey & Sonata for 8 Flutes or Flute Choir

Episode 10: Karen Demsey & Sonata for 8 Flutes or Flute Choir

June 13, 2019

Paula Downes interviews Dr. Karen Demsey, Professor of Flute and Musicology and Coordinator of Woodwinds at William Paterson University of New Jersey in America. Karen Demsey performed Andrew Downes' Sonata for 8 Solo Flutes with the virtuoso ensemble, UpTown Flutes in New Jersey in 2006.  By this time, the work had become a favourite of the ensemble, included on nearly every concert over a period of several years.  It was abundantly clear to UpTown Flutes that the work must be included on their next album, so Karen contacted Andrew Downes to ask permission to record it.  During this interview you will hear from Karen about the serendipitous sequence of events set in motion from that initial contact that led to her current research project.  UpTown Flutes recorded the work for a CD entitled "Uptown Flutes: 21st Century Gems," released in 2009.  

 

Episode 9: Birmingham Recorded Music Club

Episode 9: Birmingham Recorded Music Club

May 23, 2019

Joe Seager interviews Anna Downes, Andrew's older daughter, about the life and works of Andrew Downes, as well as about his work as an educator, and the health issues he has overcome at the Birmingham Recorded Music Club at the Birmingham and Midland Institue, May 17th, 2019.

Episode 8: Ondrej Vrabec

Episode 8: Ondrej Vrabec

May 9, 2019

Paula Downes interviews Ondrej Vrabec, outstanding Principal Horn Player of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra about the music of Andrew Downes and his experiences of performing, conducting and recording it.