Managed by Canadian impresario Wray Armstrong, Andrew Webb-Mitchell made
his professional debut as a composer with his symphonic song cycle Songs of Awe
and Wonder to a libretto by British poet, Joanna Boulter. It was recorded at the
Besední dům in 2011 by the Brno Philharmonic conducted by Mikel Toms. The
following year, one of the songs from this cycle The Inspiration of Night was
premiered at the Tianjin Grand Theatre by Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra.
Other movements from this work were subsequently featured in the final gala
concert of the 2014 Beijing Modern Music Festival, performed by the Shenzhen
Webb-Mitchell’s Liber Regalis is a set of orchestral works composed specifically
for the British monarchy and intended to function as music for state occasions. The
collection currently consists of three pieces, Trooping The Colour and Flypast,
Royal Lamentation and Koh-i-Noor, Mountain of Light. The last of these was
premiered by the Russian National Orchestra conducted by Thomas Sanderling in
December 2016 at the inaugural concerts for the opening of Zhuhai Opera House.
The composer intends to add to this collection throughout his career.
Webb-Mitchell’s Violin Concerto Arin Mirkan was given its world premier in April
2018 at the Gürzenich Hall in Cologne by the Cologne New Philharmonic Orchestra,
conducted by Volker Hartung. Subsequently, the composer has developed a
strong association with the orchestra which also premiered his symphonic tone
poem Night of Sevens at Changsha Concert Hall in September 2019 before
embarking on a ten-city tour of the work across China. Night of Sevens was
warmly received by the Chinese public, partially due to the composer’s setting of
a Song Dynasty poem, sang in the original Mandarin. A radio program featuring a
performance of the work and interview with the composer was subsequently
broadcast on Wenzhou Radio and China Radio International.
Born in Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire in 1970, Andrew Webb-Mitchell lives and works in China, where he founded and conducts the Zhuhai Classical Children’s
Choir. The Zhuhai Classical Children’s Choir made its debut with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in 2015 and is emerging as one of Asia’s finest
choral ensembles. Recent performances include concerts with the Russian National Orchestra under Thomas Sanderling, Sinfonietta Cracovia conducted by Jurek
Dybal, the Guiyang Symphony Orchestra conducted by Rico Saccani and the Cologne New Philharmonic conducted by Volker Hartung. The Zhuhai Classical
Children’s Choir has appeared at many of China’s finest and most prestigious concert halls, including at the Central Conservatory of Music Beijing in a concert
subsequently broadcast on China Central Television.
Andrew is currently embarking on his first piano concerto, due to be premiered in December 2020. An opera with Danish librettist Eva Sommestad Holten, based on
the life of Italian sculptor and architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini is also in the planning stage.