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


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 composers at this year’s Beijing Modern Music Festival in May.

BMMF has confirmed that its 2014 Closing Gala will include world and Beijing premiere performances of two songs by Mr. Webb-Mitchell. Ye Xiaogang, China’s leading contemporary composer and Director of the Beijing Modern Music Festival, selected the works by Webb-Mitchell to be included alongside works by more than a dozen leading Chinese and international composers, from China, Russia, Canada, USA, Great Britain and more.

The songs, Dances of Life and Death and The Inspiration of Night are drawn from the composer’s symphonic song cycle, Songs of Awe and Wonder, with words by British poet Joanna Boulter.  It will be performed on May 22nd at the Beijing Concert Hall by Chinese soprano Ruan Yu Qun with the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hu Yong Yan.

Mr. Webb-Mitchell’s symphonic song cycle is, in the words of the outstanding British violinist Tasmin Little, ‘music full of passion and heroism, with glorious harmony and beautiful textures’.  The composer describes the work as being written ‘in a direct and lyrical musical language… contemporary in style yet filled with references to the past’.

The composer is Composer-in-Residence of the British Schools Foundation, and is currently resident of Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, China, where he is very active as an educator and choral conductor.

For more information, please visit the composer’s website, www.theenglishcomposer.com, or contact Wray Armstrong at Armstrong Music and Arts, on wray.armstrong@armstrongmusic.co or Karen Pitchford of KHJ Communications, on pitchfordkaren@gmail.com.

 


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