Sasha Johnson Manning

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Sasha Johnson Manning (born 1963[1]) is an English composer[2] specialising in vocal pieces.

She graduated in voice and cello from the Royal Academy of Music in 1985.[citation needed] She has worked as a full-time soprano and composer ever since.[citation needed] Her singing career includes the BBC Radio 4s The Daily Service and extensive oratorio work throughout the country.[citation needed] She has performed across Europe and in Israel and the USA.[citation needed] She has worked with the Deller Consort, The Academy of St. Martin-in-the fields, the Britten Singers, Musical Offering and Partita.[citation needed]

As a composer Sasha specialises in writing for voices and held the position of composer-in-residence of the Saint Louis Chamber Chorus of Missouri for eight years, culminating in a Requiem for St.Louis.[2] Sasha has composed for Emma Kirkby, James Bowman, Lynne Dawson, Claron McFadden and the London Baroque.[citation needed]

In 2007 she composed the music for a major new piece, The Manchester Carols, a festive suite of new carols with words by soon-to-be Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy.[3] The world premiere of The Manchester Carols took place at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester on 14 December 2007.[4] The Manchester Carols were published by Faber Music in 2009.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "22/12/2008 - St. Louis Chamber Chorus gives voice to Christmas spirit -". Retrieved 2009-05-09.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b Sarah Bryan Miller (21 May 2006). "Newly finished 'Requiem for St. Louis' closes out Chamber Chorus season". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. St. Louis: St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Fourth Edition): F3. ISSN 0893-2417. Retrieved 9 May 2009.
  3. ^ Brown, Geoff (2007-12-07). "Reinventing the Christmas Carol - Times Online". The Times. London. Retrieved 2009-05-09.
  4. ^ "Manchester Carollers - The Manchester Carols (Sasha Johnson Manning Records) - Classical and opera - Music - Citylife". Manchester Evening News. 20 December 2007. Archived from the original on 8 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-09.

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