Our enthusiastic and talented young Musical Director, Oliver Downer (‘Ollie’) joined the chorus in March 2018 bringing with him the skills and knowledge to take the chorus forward.
Ollie is incredibly excited about the future for Winchester A Cappella.
Ollie works as a Musician based in and around Southampton. Alongside Winchester A Cappella, Ollie directs Rising Stars Productions, The Gantry Youth Theatre, Southampton University Symphony Orchestra and Romsey Ladies Choir.
Ollie teaches singing for Southampton Music Services, Clarinet for the National Open Youth Orchestra and is a private peripatetic teacher. He is currently working with the SÓN Orchestra as their Education Officer and is the Youth Ambassador on Southampton Music Hub’s board.
He has worked on countless concerts and shows including ’Seussical’, ‘Peter Pan’, ‘Legally Blonde’, ‘Annie Jr.’, ’Singin’ in the Rain Jr.’ and ’Sister Act’. As well as Musical Directing, Ollie has played Danny Zuko in ‘Grease’, ’Seymour Krelborn’ in ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ and ‘Bill Sykes’ in ‘Oliver!’.
Ollie was awarded a scholarship to study Music at the University of Southampton. His studies specialise in performance, arranging, conducting and composition. He has been awarded Grade 8 in Singing, Clarinet, Recorder and Saxophone.