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ensemble of 7 players


12 minutes



Lazarus was one of the winners of the Berkeley Ensemble New Cobbett prize for composition in November 2014. The piece is a reflection upon the story of the death and resurrection of Lazarus as told in the Gospel according to John, where each individual instrument represents a different character in the narrative.

In 2019, The Berkeley Ensemble recorded Lazarus for their disc 'Cobbett's Legacy: The New Cobbett Prize for Chamber Music'. This recording brings together the three winning works from the inaugural competition with the work that won the first Cobbett prize – William Hurlstone’s Phantasie in A minor for string quartet. Also included is A Purcell Garland, three arrangements of a composer who inspired Cobbett by Oliver Knussen, George Benjamin and Colin Matthews.

Listen to the recording 


Berkeley Ensemble, The Forge, Camden, 9 November 2014


"Barnaby Martin’s haunting septet Lazarus, inspired by the New Testament story and full of arresting, keening sounds.." 

Andrew Clements, The Guardian

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