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Edward ( and Barry Tuckwell) Downes

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Category: Music - Classical
Reference No: 10047
Status: Available
Price: £20.00
  Edward ( and Barry Tuckwell) Downes  Edward ( and Barry Tuckwell) Downes

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English conductor, specialising in opera.

Downes was associated with the Royal Opera House from 1952 and with Opera Australia from 1970. He was also known for his long working relationship with the BBC Philharmonic and for working with the Netherlands Radio Orchestra. Within the field of opera, he was particularly known as a conductor of Verdi.


He and his wife, Lady (Joan) Downes, committed assisted suicide at the Dignitas Clinic in Switzerland on 10 July, 2009, an event that received major media coverage.

This is a fine programme for a concert by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra at the Victoria Hall in Hanley on the 8th October, 1987. Edward Downes, the conductor, has added a bold signature in blue ink to an inner biography page, as has the soloist, Australian-born horn player, Barry Tuckwell (b.1931), there for Richard Strauss's 2nd Concerto for Horn and Orchestra. There's a mild bend to the front cover, not affecting the inner pages. Overall condition is very good.