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


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 they further enhanced this reputation by singing for Her Royal Highness Princess Anne in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, flying the flag for Zhuhai as a regional center for artistic and musical excellence.

 

Zhuhai Classical Children's Choir

At the invitation of the British Schools Foundation, Music Director Andrew Webb-Mitchell conducted the choir at the closing ceremony of Emerging Leaders’ Dialogues Asia, an international initiative to help identify, encourage and build excellence in leadership. The conference was attended by outstanding delegates from across the world representing prestigious organisations. Princess Anne is the President of Emerging Leaders’ Dialogues Asia and was clearly delighted to hear these talented Chinese children singing classical music with such skill and professionalism. The choir sang works by Britten, Purcell, Franck and Elgar and the performance was warmly received by all. This was the first time the Zhuhai Classical Children’s Choir has sung for British royalty and the children felt honored to do so.

 

It has been an astonishing year for the choir, having already performed with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Sinfonietta Cracovia; they also made their Macau debut last June. The children now look forward to performing with the Russian National Orchestra at the inaugural concerts for the Zhuhai Opera House in December.


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