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


Koh-i-Noor, Mountain of Light – World Premiere to be given by Russian National Orchestra

3rd Oct 2016

Zhuhai Grand Theater

In association with Armstrong International Music and Arts Enterprises Ltd, Andrew is delighted to announce that the world premiere performance of  Koh-i-Noor, Mountain of Light will take place on 1st January 2017, performed by the Russian National Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Thomas Sanderling.

The performance will form part of two inaugural concerts that mark the opening of the Zhuhai Grand Theater. Andrew’s Zhuhai Classical Children’s Choir will feature in the first concert, also performing with the Russian National Orchestra.

The Russian National Orchestra will then give two further performances of Koh-i-Noor, Mountain of Light on 02 January at the Dongguan Grand Theater and 04 January at the Huizhou Centre of Culture and Arts.

Koh-i-Noor, Mountain of Light was written to commemorate Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II becoming the longest-reigning British monarch in history on 9 September 2015. It is the first completed part of a projected trilogy, each named after world-famous diamonds and each exploring the themes of majesty and light.

This symphonic, single-movement orchestral work is ceremonial in nature and features a soaring second subject, the diamond theme. It is structured in abridged sonata form, with recapitulation replaced by a triumphant final section celebrating the commonality of history and heritage that the Koh-i-Noor diamond symbolises to so many nations around the world.

Koh-i-Noor, Mountain of Light will be complimented by two sister works, Daria-i-Noor, Ocean of Light and Noor-ul-Ain, Light of the Eye. The works may be performed separately, or as a set.

 

 


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