Wythenshawe Community Choir debut new composition about Cromwells’s Siege of Wythenshawe Hall

A community  choir based in Wythenshawe has performed a new musical composition at historic  Wythenshawe Hall exploring the human impact of Oliver Cromwell’s siege of the  Hall in 1643.

With words  written by local resident Nathan McIlroy and music composed by Sasha Johnson  Manning, a renowned artist who wrote the music for the Manchester Carols by  Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, the new piece tells the story of Mary Webb who  was killed at Wythenshawe Hall under the orders of Oliver Cromwell during the  English Civil War. Her ghost is said to haunt  the hall to this day.

The piece  was performed by Wythenshawe’s 050 Choir, a group comprised of Wythenshawe  residents all over the age of fifty. The choir has been in existence for over  fifty years now and were joined for the occasion by local school children. They  were led in song by teacher and choirmaster Jill Lingard.

The 050  Choir gave the composition its premiere in the main Dining Room of Wythenshawe  Hall looking out over the park where a statue to Oliver Cromwell now stands -  having been relocated to the park from Manchester city centre in the 1970s.

A short film  of the performance can be found here - http://youtu.be/YvfpRzCDWZk

Choirmaster  of the 050 Choir Jill Lingard says, “The title of the piece is ‘Cromwell Gave the Orders’ and it is very  appropriate summing up a specific moment of history that took place at  Wythenshawe Hall.

“The 050 Choir is a wonderful group  of people from the area. Each has their own reason for being part of the choir  but they come together in song to celebrate the community.”