Spencer Down

Spencer Down

Spencer is the driving force behind Docklands Sinfonia. He was inspired to set up a symphony orchestra in the Docklands by his grandfather – who worked as a shipwright in the docks and introduced him to classical music.

Spencer has been orchestral director for high profile events including a concert for the Queen in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace and the world premiere of Grammy award-winning singer Imogen Heap’s ‘Love the Earth’ at the Royal Albert Hall.

Recently, Spencer is proud to have worked with renowned songwriter and producer Mike Batt on the recording of Katie Melua’s latest album ‘Ketevan’ and UK ‘s ‘The Voice’ singer Bob Blakeley’s debut album ‘Performance’, both of which feature Docklands Sinfonia.

In June 2012, Spencer conducted the Mayor's Jubilee Band - made up of young musicians from London's top four music colleges - on one of the music barges taking part in the spectacular Queen's Jubilee Pageant on the river Thames.

He has built up an impressive portfolio of working with artists from leading organisations including the English National Ballet, Royal Opera House, London Symphony Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

As well as being Musical Director of Docklands Sinfonia, he is Associate Conductor of the Junior Guildhall Symphony Orchestra, where he also heads up the brass department.

Passionate about educational work, Spencer is a mentor for Music for Youth and has conducted members of both the London Symphony Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra in educational projects. He has appeared on Channel 5’s ‘Milkshake’ coaching presenter Naomi Wilkinson to conduct and was a first-round judge on BBC2’s ‘Classical Star’.

Spencer’s musical career has taken him around the world and he has conducted in the UK’s major concert halls including the Royal Festival Hall, the Barbican, Symphony Hall Birmingham, Snape Maltings and the Sage Gateshead.

His impressive musical achievements also include appearances for BBC Radio 2 and Radio 3, BBC1, the Jo Brand Show, Channel 4’s Big Breakfast, the German Orchestra Philharmonie Der Nationen and South Africa’s Capetown Philharmonic.

Spencer gained an honours degree from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he studied euphonium and trombone and specialised in conducting.