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Spencer Down

Spencer has established a reputation as a dynamic and entrepreneurial conductor. 

In recent years, Spencer has been orchestral director for high profile events including concerts 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. He also conducted the Mayor's Jubilee Band for the Queen's Jubilee Pageant on the river Thames.

Spencer is Musical Director and founder of the Docklands Sinfonia, an exciting young symphony orchestra which has become a major cultural force in London’s Docklands. He was inspired to set up the symphony orchestra in the Docklands by his grandfather – who worked as a shipwright in the docks and introduced him to classical music.

He has conducted performances with Docklands Sinfonia for BBC1 and BBC Radio3 and has also commissioned and performed dozens of works by leading British composers.

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.

Spencer is a professor at the Junior Guildhall where he heads up the brass department, teaches euphonium and conducts ensembles.

Read about Spencer's achievements in the East London Advertiser's Big Read: Spencer Down brings Docklands Sinfonia to a Crescendo