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


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 2012. The performance will take place at the Tianjin Grand Theatre, Tianjin, China as part of its Gala Opening Season and will feature English soprano Elizabeth Bailey as soloist.

 

It is an enormous honour to have our English art song conducted by one of England’s finest and most accomplished conductors, Sir Mark Elder, performed by one of England’s most inspiring and historic orchestras, the Hallé, and share a programme that includes music exclusively by English composers; Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, Britten Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra and Elgar Symphony No.1. It is also of great personal significance to us that the Hallé gave the world premiere of Elgar’s first symphony back in 1908, a work which went on to become England’s most successful symphonic work.

 

The Inspiration of Night is the fourth movement of our symphonic song cycle Songs of Awe and Wonder, completed in 2010 and recorded last year by the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra. The text takes the listener back to the dawn of time and suggests the awe and wonder of primitive man as he gazed towards the heavens. It refers particularly to a bronze-age artifact, the Nebra Sky Disc; an amazing and beautiful example of early humanity’s craftsmanship and skill in astronomy.

 

More information on The Inspiration of Night and Songs of Awe and Wonder can be found in the works sections of Andrew’s website theenglishcomposer.com.

 


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