Manning, Jane


Jane Manning was born in Norwich and studied at the Royal Academy of Music and in Switzerland. In her long career she has covered an exceptionally wide repertoire and has sung at many of the world’s leading Festivals and concert halls, appearing regularly in USA, Australasia and all over Europe as well as London, her home since 1965.Her engagements have included Bach under Karl Richter, Salieri under Nikolaus Harnoncourt, major operatic roles by Mozart, Purcell, Lully, Britten and Kurt Weill and countless BBC broadcasts of the whole range of recital repertoire, as well as many Promenade Concerts .

She is of course especially renowned as an interpreter of contemporary music and has given more than 350 world premieres, working closely with composers such as Bennett, Birtwistle, Boulez, Cage, Carter, Maxwell Davies, Knussen and Weir. Her extensive discography includes, as well as pieces by many British composers, major works by Messiaen, Satie, Berg, Dallapiccola, Schoenberg, and Ligeti.

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Wiegold, Mary

Mary Wiegold is known for her committed performances of new music and has given over two hundred premieres. She has had many works written for her and in 1989 started collecting a songbook of works by composers ranging from Sir Harrison Birtwistle and Milton Babbitt to Elvis Costello and Keith Tippett. She has sung at numerous festivals, while her  opera appearances include the first performances of Birtwistle’s opera Yan Tan Tethera  with Opera Factory /London Sinfonietta. She appears on television, broadcasts regularly for Radio 3 and has recorded many CD’s including the first fruits of her Songbook (NMC D003).

In 1989 she founded the Composers Ensemble with the composer John Woolrich, with whom she has given concerts throughout Britain and overseas (including an Arts Council Contemporary Music Network Tour of her Songbook), set up and led numerous creative education projects and made many recordings. She has also worked closely with ensemble Gemini.
Throughout her career she has been deeply involved in educational work in Britain and abroad.


Gemini is renowned for its performances of a wide range of repertoire - from 'standard' chamber music to specially commissioned works - performed at national and international festivals; arts centres; music societies and concert halls; in broadcasts and recordings. The ensemble also has an extensive repertoire for more informal concert settings such as family and school concerts. Gemini is as renowned for its pioneering education projects as for its performances. The ensemble's association with the University of Surrey Music Department includes a number of exciting projects: performances and recordings of student compositions, chamber music coaching, commissions of new works from staff composers, and long-term education projects in local school.

Howarth, Elgar


Elgar Howarth (b. 1935) studied music at Manchester University and the Royal Manchester College of Music, where his first study was composition. His conducting career began in the early 1970s and since then he has appeared regularly with all the leading British orchestras both in the concert hall and in the recording studio.
His operatic achievements cover a wide repertoire and include the world premiere of Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre at the Stockholm Royal Opera, followed by productions of the same work in Hamburg, Paris and London. In 1985 he made his debut at Covent Garden with King Priam which he later performed with the same company at the Athens Festival. For Glyndebourne he has conducted The Barber of Seville, Falstaff, Nigel Osborne's The Electrification of the Soviet Union and Birtwistle's The Second Mrs Kong and The Last Supper. He conducted the world premiere of Birtwistle's Gawain at Covent Garden in May 1991 and the revivals in 1994 and 2000.

In addition to conducting English Northern Philharmonia from 1985-1989 he appears frequently with the sister company, Opera North (where he was music advisor from 1996-99).

He retains an interest in composing especially, as a former trumpet player, for brass instruments. His works are much recorded, particularly on Decca.

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Aria for Edward John Eyre uses a siren-like solo soprano, narrators and ensemble to recreate the tale of the explorer's epic journey across Australia; the contrasting What Shall I Sing? is a delightful collection of nonsense rhymes.


Aria for Edward John Eyre

Jane Manning  soprano
Barry Guy double bass
John Baddeley, John Rye narrators
Elgar Howarth conductor

What Shall I Sing?
Mary Wiegold soprano
Edward Pillinger, Ian Mitchell clarinets


"David Lumsdaine's Aria for Edward John Eyre is a work of major status... this recording is especially welcome... and Gemini [are] virtuosic and thrilling as ever under the direction of Elgar Howarth."
Gramophone 1993


Recording date: 7 November 1991 (Aria), 5 November 1991

Recording venue: Angel Studios, London (Aria), BBC Maida Vale

Engineers: John Timperley, John Rushby-Smith 
Producer: John Rushby-Smith
Editing & mastering: Steve Portnoi

Cover image: Francois Hall

(P) 1991 NMC Recordings Ltd

University of York Music Press
Catalogue number:
NMC D007
Release Date:
1 January 1992