Spencer Down

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

Recently Spencer was honoured to be entrusted with Roy Budd's score to the 1925 classic silent film Phantom of the Opera, conducting the premiere at London's Coliseum.

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 was privileged to conduct the Mayor's Jubilee Band on one of the music barges taking part in the spectacular Queen's Jubilee Pageant on the river Thames.

Spencer is professor of euphonium and tuba at the Royal Military School of Music and conductor, brass co-ordinator and professor of euphonium at Junior Guildhall. In 2012 Spencer received the Freedom of the City of London for his services to music

He is Musical Director and founder of the Docklands Sinfonia, which has become a major cultural force in London’s Docklands. He was inspired to set up the symphony orchestra 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 Radio 3 as well as performances at the Barbican and London Coliseum. He has also commissioned and performed dozens of works by leading British composers.


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