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Works at British Schools Foundation Choral Programme
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Andrew is delighted to announce that two of his orchestral art songs, The Inspiration of Night and Dances of Life and Death, will be performed at the Closing Gala Performance of the 2014 Beijing Modern Music Festival, one of China's most prestigious music festivals. His songs will be performed by Chinese soprano Ruan Yu Qun with the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hu Yong Yan.

The concert will take place on May 22nd at the Beijing Concert Hall. For more details, please see the following press release issued by Wray Armstrong, Chairman of Armstrong International Music and Arts, Beijing.
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Andrew is delighted to announce that he has been appointed Artistic Director of the UIC Sinfonia and Chorus.
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English composer Andrew Webb-Mitchell talks about the inspiration behind his latest work, Songs of Awe and Wonder, as well as his influences, memories and experiences.
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Interview with English composer Andrew Webb-Mitchell (IN ENGLISH)
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  • British Schools Foundation Choral Programme
    Artistic Director, 2013 - present
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English composer of orchestral art songs, including The Artist's Wife, Kites Over Malvern and Dances of Life and Death.
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Born in Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire in 1970, Andrew Webb-MItchell’s development as a musician and composer was long and unconventional. Having read music at what is now Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, he embarked on an international career in music education, holding positions in Kuwait and Taiwan before leading music departments in several schools in the United Kingdom and, more recently, China.

In 2008 he was appointed Director of Music and Performing Arts at the British School of Beijing and in 2010 became founding Headmaster of King’s College Beijing. He is currently also Composer-in-Residence for The British Schools Group.

Despite his long and distinguished career as an educator, Webb-Mitchell’s main focus and passion has always been composition. Having become disillusioned with contemporary classical music from a listener’s perspective, he is determined to reclaim the concert hall for modern audiences, giving them new works in a challenging, yet direct and accessible, musical language.

Webb-Mitchell aims to resurrect the lost art of great writing for the classical voice, composing new works which are carefully crafted to engage with both the listener and performer. Songs of Awe and Wonder was recorded by the Brno Philharmonic in 2011, Webb-Mitchell’s professional debut recording. His orchestral song The Inspiration of Nightwas premiered at the Tianjin Grand Theatre in October 2012 by Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra.

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