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
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.
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.