Spencer Down

Spencer works with producers and promoters across classical music, rock & pop, and film. He 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. 

Spencer conducts studio sessions and recently conducted the score for the Netflix Film Scrooge: A Christmas Carol at Air Studios. He was also 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 and subsequent performance at the Barbican.

Spencer is Musical Director and founder of the Docklands Sinfonia, an exciting 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 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. 

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