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Duo Mañoso

Piano & Guitar Duo

Central England Guitar Ensemble


Duo Mañoso was formed in 1997 whilst Rachel Smith and Andrew Gough were in their second year of studies at Birmingham Conservatoire. Since then they have performed nationwide giving concerts and music workshops.

The duo released their debut album in 2003 including works by Piazzolla, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Bartok, Carulli and a new arrangement of Stanley Myer's Cavatina.

In 1999 they successfully auditioned onto the Live Music Now! scheme. Set up by Lord Menhuin in 1977, the scheme brings live music to people who are normally unable to go to concerts. The Duo has gained valuable knowledge and experience through playing to a variety of audiences in venues such as special-needs schools, community centres, mental hospitals and prisons.

Duo Maņoso regularly give recitals and have recently played at the Lincoln International Chamber Music Festival, Concerts in Rural Churches series in Warwickshire, Toddington Festival Music Society, Bewdley Arts Festival, Ketton Music Society, Henley Festival, Birmingham Cathedral and in the Art Gallery, Birmingham.

Alongside their concert repertoire the duo has a vast collection of music suitable for all functions.

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 "Well presented and very listenable"
Clare Mackey, Birmingham Post
To listen to extracts from Duo Mañoso's album click here.