Music

worship and performance at Downing Place

2024 Lunchtime Concerts

We run a Lunchtime Concert series throughout the year, on most Wednesdays at 1pm.

Entry is free and booking is not necessary; doors open at around 12.30pm each Wednesday.  We take a retiring collection at the end of the concert for our monthly charity.

You can find out more about each individual concert by clicking the photographs below, where you will also find details of each programme as receive them.

Sofia Sacco (piano)

Wednesday 12th June 2024 at 1pm

 

Diana Cooper (piano)

Wednesday 19th June 2024 at 1pm

 

No concert this week

Wednesday 26th June 2024 at 1pm

 

Christine Stevenson (piano)

Wednesday 3rd July 2024 at 1pm

 

Alice Shaw & Adam Dopalik (recorder)

Wednesday 10th July 2024 at 1pm

 

Joanna Lam (piano)

Wednesday 17th July 2024 at 1pm

 

Prokofiev's 'Peter and the Wolf'

Wednesday 24th July 2024 at 1pm

 

Christian Dawson (piano)

Wednesday 31st July 2024 at 1pm

 

Yoon Seok Shin (piano)

Wednesday 7th August 2024 at 1pm

 

Alice Bishop (soprano) & David Elwin (piano)

Wednesday 14th August 2024 at 1pm

 

Sandra Goldberg (violin) and Yukie Smith (piano)

Wednesday 21st August 2024 at 1pm

 

Vincenzo delli Noci (piano)

Wednesday 28th August 2024 at 1pm

 

Anna Vienna Ho (piano)

Wednesday 4th September 2024 at 1pm

 

Aliya Turetayeva (piano)

Wednesday 11th September 2024 at 1pm

 

The Himley Duo

Wednesday 18th September 2024 at 1pm

 

Ivan Hovorun (piano)

Wednesday 25th September 2024 at 1pm

 

Jessica Lawrence-Hares (soprano) & Olga Elbourn (piano)

Wednesday 9th October 2024 at 1pm

 

Zacharias Brandman (piano)

Wednesday 16th October 2024 at 1pm

 

Timothy Peake (piano)

Wednesday 23rd October 2024 at 1pm

 

Ian de Massini (organ)

Wednesday 30th October 2024 at 1pm

 

Ros Hart (violin) & John Richens (piano)

Wednesday 6th November 2024 at 1pm

 

The Elmore String Quartet

Wednesday 13th November 2024 at 1pm

 

Jennifer Bastable (mezzo-soprano) & Ian de Massini (piano)

Wednesday 20th November 2024 at 1pm

 

Erina Ishiyama (piano)

Wednesday 27th November 2024 at 1pm

 

Chris Hill (flute) & Amy Butler (piano)

Wednesday 4th December 2024 at 1pm

 

Stephen Axford (organ)

Wednesday 11th December 2024 at 1pm

 

Cambridge Voices Christmas Concert

Wednesday 18th December 2024 at 1pm

 

T.B.C

Wednesday 8th January 2025 at 1pm

 

T.B.C

Wednesday 15th January 2025 at 1pm

 

ABOUT OUR ORGAN

Our organ is a digital organ, created especially for our church by the world-renowned company, Hauptwerk. It has the facility to reproduce the sound from more than one organ. Hauptwerk are unique in that they record each pipe of an organ three times over, in order to capture every nuance of that hand-made pipe: there are no sampled sounds at all.

Hauptwerk have installed a considerable variety of organs from around Europe, in order to bring to life a panoply of music, using organs for which the composers deliberately wrote their music. Our unique organ console, which we’ve had specially built for our church, contains a number of features not found on any other instrument, greatly facilitating the playing of such a wide variety of music.

Because this is the first Hauptwerk digital organ to be permanently installed in Cambridge, and because of the centrality of the church in the city, and the live-streaming and recording facilities of our new church, Hauptwerk have very generously installed no less than three, free additional organs for us to use. So now we have eleven organs, the earliest dating from 1745, and the most recent dating from 2008. We have organs from England, France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands.

We also thought it important to honour the previous organs that our two former churches owned. Accordingly, in honour of the organ that Henry Willis built for Emmanuel, we’ve installed the stunning ‘Willis’ organ in Hereford Cathedral, and in honour of the English, two-manual pipe organ that was built at the beginning of the 20th century for St Columba’s, we’ve installed a beautiful two-manual English church organ dating from 1907.

The first performance on the Haupwerk organ.  Mark Dawes plays for the service on 6 June 2021

MUSIC IN WORSHIP

When our online services began in the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, our musicians stepped up to the challenge of presenting a great variety of musical pieces each week, to accompany worship and to provide a sensitive and inspiring background for our reflection.

Over time, we have acquired a ‘library’ of these pieces which deserve to be heard in their own right, featuring not only our own talented Directors of Music, Mark Dawes and Ian de Massini; but our minister Nigel Uden and other church members.

Click below to visit our gallery of pieces which have been performed by our own Downing Place musicians as part of our worship.

ORIGINAL COMPOSITION

Ian de Massini’s setting of ‘Away in a Manger’ published by Stainer and Bell

JOIN THE DOWNING PLACE CHOIR

Downing Place Choir
always open to all!

Downing Place has a thriving choir of singers drawn exclusively from the membership of the church and who present a choral introit and anthem as part of our morning worship normally once a month.

Their repertoire is chosen especially to illuminate Downing Place’s particular style of worship, and the choir is always led by one of our talented directors of music, Ian de Massini or Mark Dawes.

Often, Downing Place’s Choir will be accompanied by Ian or Mark playing the magnificent Shigeru Kawai grand piano that resides in our church. Everyone is welcome to sing in the choir, and there are no auditions: nor is the ability to read music essential.

For each month a short introit and a longer anthem are prepared over two Sunday morning rehearsals, both at 10.15am, the second of which is then followed by a performance of the two pieces during the ensuing morning service. Attendance is entirely voluntary. All music is made available in advance and copies can be found upon the small table placed directly in front of the organ in church for anyone to take away and look at.

New singers are always welcome to come and be part of the choir at any time. Music, folder and pencil will all be provided: you just need to come and sing the right notes, preferably in the right order!