Frances Barber usually draws a crowd, whether that’s in her brilliant career in film, television or theatre. So to hear her telling BBC Radio Manchester that Shane Cullinan’s Pieta, in which she’s performing on Monday 16 October at the Royal Northern College of Music, is not to be missed will no doubt draw people in!







Barber says of the work, “When I was initially approached I thought it was very unlikely that any man – let alone someone this young could capture the feelings of a mother going through a bereavement. And then I read it and I couldn’t get over it. I still can’t. I think it’s absolutely extraordinary. It’s incredibly uplifting. Shane is a genius.”

Barber is joined by award-winning soprano Claire O’Brien (also from Manchester) and celebrated cor anglaisist Jessica Mogridge, collectively portraying the response of the mother, and are accompanied by a 25 strong string orchestra, The Stamford Orchestra, conducted by Thomas Davey.