Jaemus Downing

Performer, Teacher & Composer

Tel: 01326 316901 | Mob: 07989 837467

Music Performance

Music Tuition

Music Composition

The perfect accompaniment to your special event, Jaemus offers live, sophisticated piano or keyboard music for Weddings, Birthdays and Anniversaries, Promotions, Private Parties and other special occasions.

 

For those with a definite preference for Swing Jazz and Latin styles, Jaemus teams up with his son Steve on small drum kit, using brushes rather than sticks , in order to evoke those soft " classy " sounds largely reminiscent of the '40s to the '60s. Think Gershwin, Ellington, Sinatra, and you'll get the general idea.

 

The Duo tour extensively, mainly throughout the South West, and would be delighted to respond to any enquiries you might have, via email: jaemusdowning@hotmail.co.uk. Jaemus is also more than happy to give you a live demonstration of the musical styles and standard of music making you can expect for your most memorable day, and to discuss your specific requirements in finer detail.

 

Jaemus is an experienced, popular and highly successful musician with a flair for teaching and a genuine passion for the subject. Countless former students will provide glowing references. He would be delighted to meet prospective pupils to determine their level of ability and detailed requirements --- Classical Piano; Jazz and Blues ; Theory; Exam work; Composition --- before committing to starting formal lessons, at very reasonable rates for the highest qualifications.

 

 

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Jaemus studied Composition with Jeremy Dale-Roberts, himself a student of Vaughan Williams, at London University from 1969 - 1974, during which time, his " Child Miriam " was given its first performance in Berlin by the South London Chamber Orchestra.

 

He is however perhaps best known for the best selling album "Piano Jazz, Rags, Ballads and Blues", a track from which, " The Duke of Cornwall's Rag " having recently been used by the BBC for part of the Edwardian Farm series.  Hobo Blues features the blues " harp" and voice of Jeff Horsey, from the critically acclaimed "Backdoormen" Rhythm 'n' Blues Band.

 

Collaborations with the distinguished conductor Simon Ible have resulted in performances of:

A Boy Was Born;  The Fader of Heven;  Quem Pastores Laudavere for the Plymouth University Choral Society, and Lullaby on a Birthday;  Song and Lullaby on a Bareback Ride A Little Fantasia on Gabriel's Message (an English Variation on a Basque Carol); Ninnarella , for the Ten Tors Orchestra.

 

Other works for orchestra: 

 

Mikropizzi III for double string orchestra (suitable also for amateur/school orchestras);  

 

A string orchestral arrangement of the Bach F major Fugue from the Well Tempered Clavier;

 

Mikromalgam II  

 

Chamber Music:

 

21 Two Part Carols for Piano (also arranged variously for most other instruments);

 

3 Rags for 4 Hands (Piano Duet arrangements of the Rags from the Album);  

 

The Bach F major Fugue arranged for string quartet/quintet;  

 

The Bach Sarabande in D minor from the French Suite no. 1 for Clavier arranged for wind trio/quintet/solo flute/ bassoon (or duet)/solo violin/violin duet;

 

Toccata and Chorale for Organ; Berceuse for flute and harp or piano, or for flute, viola and harp or piano;  

 

Petites Litanies de Jesus:  Grovlez, arranged for clarinet quartet;  

 

The Jingle Ball Blues for Wind/Brass Band;   Prelude Er Wotevar for piano.

 

Choral Music:

 

6 Contrasted Carols for SATB choir or various combinations;  Most Highly Favoured Lady for SATB choir +solo soprano;  

 

Nanoorisma: a Greek Lullaby for mezzo soprano and piano;  

 

The Fader of Heven for SATB choir, organ and percussion, using Latin and medieval English texts;    

 

Now is the Month of Maying: Morley, arranged for SSA choir;

 

Beat Me with your Fiddlestick, for voice and string orchestra/quartet or piano;  

 

 

All orders or enquiries, including prices and requests for more detail or for free inspection copies please email jaemusdowning@hotmail.co.uk.

Venues:

Jaemus is proud to work in association with The Bedford Hotel as a trusted wedding and events pianist:

 

http://www.bedford-hotel.co.uk/weddings/