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Anna Downes (Violin) Profile

Anna's Orchestral bookings include …

  • Chamber Orchestras: English Symphony Orchestra, Welsh Chamber Orchestra.

other items of interest …

  • Armonico Consort
  • Arts Symphonic
  • Bach Camerata
  • Beauchamp Sinfonietta : Leader June 2011
  • Bewdley Baroque Soloists
  • Brandenburg Sinfonia
  • Central England Camerata - Leader December 2013 onwards
  • Central England Ensemble : Leader 2001 onwards
  • Chameleon Arts Orchestra
  • The Connection Orchestra - 'One Night of Tom Jones' - Tour 2014-15
  • Derby Concert Orchestra : Guest Leader - 2013 onwards
  • Elgar Camerata : Leader 2010
  • Elgar Sinfonia
  • English Concert Orchestra
  • English Mozart Players
  • English Pro Musica
  • English String Orchestra
  • English Symphony Orchestra : Leader June 2012
  • FONO Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Heart of England Orchestra : Leader June 2008
  • Kennilworth Festival Orchestra : Co-Leader - June 2010
  • Midland Concert Orchestra
  • Midlands Festival Orchestra
  • National Concert Orchestra of Great Britain : Co-Leader August 2011
  • National Musicians Symphony Orchestra
  • National Symphony Orchestra
  • New English Concert Orchestra
  • Orchestra da Camera
  • Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of London
  • Queen's Park Sinfonia - second violin
  • Royal Shakespeare Company
  • Skipton Camerata
  • St Davids Cathedral Festival Orchestra
  • Vivaldi Camerata : Leader 2009-2010
  • The Welsh Sinfonia

Chamber Music Experience

  • 2015 - Amabile Trio at Bay Theatre, Weymouth
  • 2014 - Amabile Trio at Peterborough Cathedral
  • 2014 - Amabile Trio at Elgar School of Music
  • 2013 - Lunchtime Recital Series at St Martin's in the Bullring, Birmingham
  • 2012/13 - Violin and Piano recitals - Carrs Lane Church recital series, Birmingham
  • 2013 - Amabile Trio recital, Wednesbury Music Club
  • 2012 - ESO Piano Trio - performance of Elgar-s 'Music for Powick Asylum'
  • 2012 - Solo recital with Duncan Honeybourne, Wolverhampton Music Society
  • 2012 - Violin and Cello Recital, Haye on Wye recital series.
  • 2012 - Piano Trio recital, Weymouth Music Society
  • 2011 - 'No Strings Attached' - deputising regularly at corporate functions and events
  • 2011 - Highly Strung Quartet - deputising regularly at corporate functions and events
  • 2009 - present - Leader, VLO String Quartet, performing at weddings, functions and giving regular recitals (with Joanne Jefferis, cello)
  • 2009 - present : 1st/2nd violin Wignornia String Quartet, performing regularly at weddings, functions.
  • 2009 - present : 1st and 2nd violin, Astaria String Quartet, performing regularly at weddings and functions.
  • 2009 - present - 2nd violin, Reflection Strings, performing regularly at weddings and functions.
  • 1998 - present - Leader, Lynwood Lea String Quartet, performing at weddings, functions and giving regular recitals.

Education Projects

  • 2008-2012 - Adjudicator, CEE Concerto Competition
  • 2012 - Strings Adjudicator - Northfield Festival of Music and Speech.
  • 2010-2011 - Performance Enrichment workshops at Old Swinford Hospital, involving 80 GCSE music students from secondary schools in the area
  • 2010 - String Quartet workshop at Old Swinford Hospital, performing A level set works and student compositions - Lynwood Lea Quartet
  • 2005 - Orchestral workshop with West Mercia Probation Service - Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra - Central England Ensemble

Anna enjoys a busy career as a free-lance violinist. She plays regularly with English Symphony Orchestra, English String Orchestra, Orchestra da Camera, National Concert Orchestra of Great Britain and National Symphony Orchestra with artists such as Katherine Jenkins and Russell Watson.

Anna is in regular demand as a guest leader. Recent engagements have included leading English Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Elgar's 'Music for the Powick Asylum' under the direction of Barry Collett, as part of the Royal Elgar Jubilee Festival. She has also led he Elgar Camerata in a performance of Bach's B minor mass with the Elgar Chorale in Pershore Abbey, conducted by Donald Hunt, and the Beauchamp Sinfonietta in a 'Gala Night' as part of the Evesham Festival of Music. She has also been invited to lead Sinfonia of Birmingham, Heart of England Orchestra and Vivaldi Camerata on many occasions.

Anna is the lead violinist with Sophistication String Quartet, VLO String Quartet and the Lynwood Lea Quartet, playing regularly at weddings, functions and coporate events. She also deputises for established quartets such as Wignornia String Quartet, Astaria String Quartet, Highly-Strung Quartet, No Strings Attached and Reflection Strings on a regular basis. Anna runs 'Sophistication Strings' which provides String Quartets, Duos, Trios and solo violinists for all events.

In addition to performing commitments, Anna is an experienced teacher and pedagogue. She has recently been shortlisted to become an Adjudicator with the British and International Federation of Music Festivals. She has adjudicated for Northfield Festival, Dudley Young Musician, Winterfold House Instrumentalists Competition and Central England Ensemble Concerto Competitions. In 2000, she completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Secondary Education and then began her teaching career at King's School in Wolverhampton before becoming Head of Music at The Crestwood School in Kingswinford. She currently holds the position of Head of Instrumental Studies at Old Swinford Hospital, a boarding school in Stourbridge, West Midlands.

In 2001 Anna founded Central England Ensemble which is made up of postgraduate musicians, music students and other talented musicians. The group has two main aims: to promote the music of Midlands composers and to provide a high standard performance platform for young talented musicians in the area. Since its conception CEE has performed over fifty concerts with a work by a Midlands based composer in each one. The orchestra has also toured in Northern Germany and in Paris, giving concerts in prestigious venues such as La Madeleine. The orchestra also runs its own Concerto Competition. In 2008 the first winner was Sarah Sew, playing Elgar's Violin Concerto and the second, in 2010 was Martyn Jackson, playng Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto.

In addition to this, as a former leader of Midland Youth Orchestra (2000-2003), and recipient of the James Langley Memorial Award (2000), Anna has recently been appointed as a Trustee of the James Langley Memorial Trust in recognition of her education and communitty work.

Anna lives in Worcestershire with her husband, Mike, and two very lively young sons, Oscar and Maxwell.


Graduate studies

the University of Exeter (BA Hons, 1995-1998) and the University of Central England (PGCE Secondary Music, 1999-2000)

Dip ABRSM - July 1996

Schools attended

Haybridge High School

Anna joined Morgensterns in November 2015

Anna's web profile was last updated 28th Mar 2019


Anna Downes (Violin) Profile

Teaching experience

  • 2007-Present. Head of Instrumental Studies, Director of Music, Old Swinford Hospital (Present employment)
  • 2002-2007. Head of Music, The Crestwood School in Kingswinford, Dudley
  • 2005-2008. Dudley Performing Arts
  • 2000-2002. Music teacher, Kings C of E School in Wolverhampton
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    Anna Downes (Violin) Profile

    ANNA Downes Sample Repertoire

    • Bach : Sonata in E minor
    • Bach : unaccompanied Sonatas and Partitas (various)
    • Bartok : Rumanian Folk Dances
    • Beethoven : 'Spring Sonata'
    • Beethoven : Duos for Violin and Cello
    • Beethoven : Romance in F
    • Beethoven : Romance in G
    • Brahms : Sonata in A major
    • Brahms : Sonata in G major
    • Bridgewater : Sonata for Violin and Piano
    • Debussy : Violin Sonata
    • De Falla : Danse Espagnol
    • Downes : Sonata for Violin and Piano
    • Downes : Solo Mass for unaccompanied violin
    • Downes : 'The God Marduk'
    • Downes : Dreamland (Soprano, violin and piano)
    • Downes : Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano
    • Dvorak : Sonatina for Violin and Piano
    • Elgar : Chanson de Matin
    • Elgar : Chanson de Nuit
    • Elgar : Sonata in E minor
    • Faure : Elegie
    • Franck : Sonata in A major
    • Grieg : Violin Sonata in G major
    • Haydn : Piano Trio in C major hob. 21
    • Hubay : Hejre Kati
    • Kodaly : Adagio
    • Kreisler : Praeludium and Allegro
    • Kreisler : Liebesfreud
    • Kreisler : Liebeslied
    • Massenet : Meditation
    • Mendelssohn : Trio in E flat major
    • Messaien : Theme and Variations
    • Milhaud : Le Printemps
    • Mayerl : Caprinella
    • Monti : Czardas
    • Mozart : Sonata K213 in G major
    • Mozart : Violin Sonata K305 in A major
    • Mozart : Piano Quartet in G minor
    • Piazzolla : 6 Tangos for Violin and Cello
    • Schubert : Arpeggione Sonata
    • Strauss : Sonata in E flat
    • Schubert :The Shepherd on the Rock (Soprano, violin and piano)
    • Stamitz : Duos for Violin and Cello
    • Telemann : Fantasia for Violin and Cello
    • John Williams : Theme from Schindler's List
    • John Williams : Remembrances

    Anna Downes (Violin) Profile


    Recital - May 2013, Stourbridge - performance of Strauss Sonata for Violin and Piano

    " Just to say a huge thank you for yesterday's concert. It was truly stunning, especially with such an emotionally charged programme. I so enjoyed having the opportunity to hear the Strauss Violin Sonata. If only more people could play it! You both performed so well, it's a great partnership. There was a real buzz at the end and I hope you both enjoyed it as much as the audience did. Love to have you back in the future!" (Janine Parsons, CC Concerts administrator)

    Leader, Central England Ensemble - performance of Shostakovich Symphony no 5, November 2015, Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham

    " ....Exposed pianissimo strings stopped the heart, with splendid solos from leader Anna Downes.......... " (Maggie Cotton, Birmingham Post)


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