We are absolutely thrilled to announce that we have commissioned our first piece, I Will Not Leave You Comfortless by Richard Barnard. See some comments from Richard below:
"I'm delighted to be composing a new piece for The Mancunium Consort. It is so exciting to write for such a talented and dynamic young group who share my love for the music of Tallis. His If Ye Love Me is a small, perfectly crafted jewel of English choral music and I wanted to compose a companion piece. It seemed appropriate to set the next verses in the Gospel of John, following on from the words Tallis used. These words (beginning "I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.") speak of inevitable absence, legacy and continued spirit, like the enduring music of Tallis, still comforting and inspiring us today."
We are great admirers of Richard's work, and so for us it is a real treat to start exploring and rehearsing this beautiful new addition to our repertoire. We will premiering the piece in Spring 2024, and releasing a recording in the New Year, so do keep your eyes peeled!