Andrew Webb-Mitchell

The English Composer

  • "....his competence as an orchestrator is faultless, over-ridden by his genuine creative gifts. Imagine, if you will, a latter-day Tippett at the outset of his career: it is that good.”
    Matthew Robert-Walker
  • "In Songs of Awe and Wonder, Andrew Webb-Mitchell has created a stunning set of symphonic songs on a grand scale. The music is full of passion and heroism, with glorious harmony and beautiful textures...
  • ....The orchestration is beautifully detailed and the vocal writing creates a soaring line that carries the listener right through the vast canvas of the cycle."
    Tasmin Little OBE
  • "What a work it was! I could go on and on about its beauty, accessibility, anti-modern but still new and different, use of color throughout the ensemble, ...But most importantly... The little touch of magic....
  • ....(the) ability to craft a score that was so intense, thick, and full of rich and challenging parts for every individual instrument..
  • and, at the same time, one that the average patron with little musical background can embrace."
    Robert Trocina, Music Director, Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra
  • “Songs of Awe and Wonder is a beautiful, joyous and uplifting new work by a very accomplished composer....
  • ...Soaring vocal lines, sparkling orchestration and direct, vivid storytelling. A great new work.”
    Michael Price
  • "Andrew Webb Mitchell has produced a remarkable and important work in Songs of Awe and Wonder...
  • ...Dedicated to Gustav Mahler, this is passionate music on a grand scale – a modern day Song of the Earth."
    John Lenehan
  • "There is dream, daring and duende in the poetry of Songs of Awe and Wonder....
  • ...The core of these lyrics is their sheer, stark elegiac power reminding me of how I felt the first time I heard Rilke's Duino Elegies."
    David Morley

News


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World Premiere in Cologne

15th Mar 2018

Andrew Webb-Mitchell is delighted to announce that his Violin Concerto ‘Arin Mirkan’ will receive its world premiere in Cologne on 29th April, 2018. The concerto will be performed by Russian-American [...]

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Violin Concerto ‘Arin Mirkan’ – A Response of Music and Light

28th Feb 2018

Whilst sketching my violin concerto in the autumn of 2014, western media was saturated by news of the continuing Syrian nightmare and, in particular, events in Kobani. Among the multitude [...]

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Zhuhai Classical Children’s Choir Make Beijing Debut at the Central Conservatory of Music

5th Nov 2017

Andrew’s Zhuhai Classical Children’s Choir made their Beijing debut at the Central Conservatory of Music on 4th November 2017 with a performance of classical choral masterworks, including works by Byrd, Purcell, Mendelssohn [...]

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Puccini Madama Butterfly with Rico Saccani and the Guiyang Symphony Orchestra

25th Jun 2017

Andrew’s Zhuhai Classical Children’s Choir made their second appearance of the season at Guiyang Grand Theatre in a concert performance of Puccini Madama Butterfly on 24th June with the Guiyang Symphony Orchestra, [...]

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Holst ‘The Planets’ with Rico Saccani and the Guiyang Symphony Orchestra

20th Mar 2017

Andrew’s Zhuhai Classical Children’s Choir made their Guiyang debut on 18 March 2017 at Guiyang Grand Theatre with Holst The Planets performed by the Guiyang Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Rico [...]

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Koh-i-Noor, Mountain of Light – World Premiere Given by Russian National Orchestra and Thomas Sanderling

5th Jan 2017

The world premiere performance of Koh-i-Noor, Mountain of Light took place on 1st January 2017, performed by the Russian National Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Thomas Sanderling. The performance formed part of two [...]

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Zhuhai Classical Children’s Choir Sings for Her Royal Highness Princess Anne in Kuala Lumpur

29th Oct 2016

Andrew Webb-Mitchell’s  Zhuhai Classical Children’s Choir is gradually gaining a reputation as one of the outstanding choirs in Asia, performing western classical music to the highest international standards. Last weekend [...]

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Koh-i-Noor, Mountain of Light – World Premiere Recording

14th Feb 2016

Andrew is excited to announce that his latest orchestral work Koh-i-Noor, Mountain of Light was recorded last Friday by the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Mikel Toms. This was Andrew’s [...]

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Dreams of Flight Receives Second US Performance

26th Feb 2015

  Andrew is excited to announce that one of his art songs ‘Dreams of Flight’ will be performed next month in Minneapolis by the Oratorio Society of Minnesota. It will be [...]

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Review by Matthew Robert-Walker, Musical Opinion Magazine

28th May 2014

“An impressive work of Mahlerian dimensions. Mention of Mahler brings Das Lied von der Erde to mind in a symphonic cycle for two singers and orchestra lasting just over an [...]

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Brit’s ‘Inspiration’ Heard in Beijing

26th May 2014

DANCES of Life and Death and The Inspiration of Night — composed by Zhuhai sojourner and English music educator Andrew Webb-Mitchell — were presented by the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra and [...]

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World and Beijing Premiere Performances at the 2014 Beijing Modern Music Festival

3rd Apr 2014

PRESS RELEASE Beijing, April 3, 2014   Wray Armstrong, Chairman of Armstrong International Music and Arts, Beijing, announced today that British composer Andrew Webb-Mitchell will be one of the featured [...]

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Interview with Mika Lintu, Classic Radio Finland

19th Dec 2013

Andrew’s interview with Mika Lintu of  Classic Radio Finland will be broadcast at 1:30pm next Monday, 23 December on Finnish national radio. During his interview, Andrew talked about the inspiration [...]

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Songs of Awe and Wonder Now Available as CD Release

22nd Nov 2013

  The physical CD of Andrew’s orchestral song cycle, Songs of Awe and Wonder is now available to buy  from Amazon UK. The disc will also soon be available from [...]

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Earthscape Short Film is Released

18th Nov 2013

The latest film for Andrew’s orchestral song cycle, Songs of Awe and Wonder has been released and is now available to watch on YouTube. Earthscape is compiled from over 20,000 individual [...]

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Composers Circle Website to feature Andrew’s Music

21st Oct 2013

Andrew is delighted to announce that his music will be featured on the Composers Circle website this coming Friday, 25 October. Established in May last year by American composer, Eric Guinivan, [...]

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Songs of Awe and Wonder – Official Release

2nd Oct 2013

The official recording of Andrew’s orchestral song cycle, Songs of Awe and Wonder will be officially released by the independent classical label, First Creative, later this month. The CD will [...]

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Kites Over Malvern Short Film is Released

28th Aug 2013

  The short film for Andrew’s orchestral art song, Kites Over Malvern is now available on YouTube. The film features Chinese tenor Hui Jin and was filmed on location in [...]

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Promoting Classical Music in China

4th Jun 2013

Posted Mon, 2013-06-03 13:20 by Zhuhai Daily News Briefing                       ANDREW Webb-Mitchell, 43, an English musician, composer and music educator, has [...]

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Landesamt für Denkmalpflege und Archäologie Sachsen-Anhalt

10th Apr 2013

Andrew Webb-Mitchell would like to extend his gratitude to the Landesamt für Denkmalpflege und Archäologie Sachsen-Anhalt for granting permission to use Juraj Lipták’s wonderful image of the Nebra Sky Disc. The Inspiration of [...]

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The English Composer on Soundcloud

30th Jan 2013

Several movements from Andrew’s orchestral song cycle, Songs of Awe and Wonder can now be found on Soundcloud. SoundCloud is an online audio distribution platform that allows collaboration, promotion and distribution of audio recordings. Since joining [...]

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A Thoroughly English Affair in Tianjin, China

12th Oct 2012

Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra concluded their historic first tour of China yesterday with a triumphant performance at the Tianjin Grand Theatre, part of the theatre’s inaugural season.   [...]

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The Inspiration of Night World Premiere Performance by Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra

31st Aug 2012

Joanna Boulter and I are delighted to announce that Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra will give the world premiere performance of The Inspiration of Night on 11th October [...]

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Cultural Tourists – Financial Times Article August 2012

6th Aug 2012

August 3, 2012 7:28 pm By Peter Aspden The FT’s arts writer visits China to see how the UK Now festival is showcasing British culture for Chinese audiences.   Four [...]

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Director of Education at the Tianjin Grand Theatre

23rd Apr 2012

Andrew Webb-Mitchell has been appointed Director of Education at the Tianjin Grand Theatre, China. He will begin the post with immediate effect and will oversee the development of the Tianjin [...]

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Poetry as music, music with poetry

1st Mar 2012

The following article was first published in the poetry magazine, Mimesis, in Autumn 2008. Songs of Awe and Wonder librettist, Joanna Boulter, discusses aspects of her musical collaboration with Andrew Webb-Mitchell.   “For much [...]

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Songs of Awe and Wonder – A New Orchestral Song Cycle

21st Jul 2011

We are delighted to have been able to collaborate with the English composer Andrew Webb-Mitchell on the world premiere recording of his orchestral song cycle Songs of Awe and Wonder. We spent [...]


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