Webb-Mitchell's NIGHT OF SEVENS - The VIDEO

Here is the video of the World Premiere of Andrew Webb-Mitchell's amazing new composition. Filmed live at the grandiose Zhuhai Opera House in China. Soprano Constanze Xue is singing, Volker Hartung conducts his marvelous Cologne New Philharmonic:
a great event in fabulous acoustics!


Radio Feature of "Night of Sevens" in China Radio



Concert in Kunming, China

Andrew Webb-Mitchell wrote:
The Kunming Concert of the Cologne New Philharmonic Tour of China, the 7th performance of my 'Night of Sevens.' This Armstrong Music tour has been sensational, an incredibly memorable experience for all involved.



Concert in Zhuhai, China

Last night's concert in Zhuhai was an enormous triumph for Volker Hartung and his Cologne New Philharmonic. My work Night of Sevens was played to perfection and Constanze Xue sang beautifully. To be able to work with the staggering talent of this group of outstanding musicians is a dream for any composer. What a concert!

Andrew Webb-Mitchell



Karin Moorhouse wrote:
The Night of Sevens - 七夕交响诗 There is an ancient Chinese folk story about a cowboy 牛郎, a weaver girl 织女 and forbidden love. Banished to opposite sides of the Milky Way the lovers met just once a year on the 7th day of 7th month, when a flock of magpies formed a bridge to reunite the two. Cute! Then about 1,000 years ago, the Song Dynasty poet Qin Guan 秦观, scribed the legend in a poem, immortalised by the line: “When two hearts are united forever, why do they need to stay together day after day, night after night? 两情若是久长时, 又岂在朝朝暮暮?” It’s been cited by generations of long distance lovers. While I don’t necessarily adhere to the poet’s romantised concept of love, but I was taken by an orchestral interpretation of the poem. Last Sunday evening, the Cologne New Philharmonic Orchestra debuted Andrew Webb-Mitchell’s composition, “Night of Sevens 七夕交响诗,” accompanied by the delightful soprano, Constanze Xue 薛康妮 in the stunning Zhuhai Opera House 珠海大剧院. It was a superb night of entertainment and camaraderie. Thank you conductor Volker Hartung, composer Andrew Webb-Mitchell, the Zhuhai Classical Children’s Choir, soprano Constanze Xue and our favourite impresario, Wray Armstrong for bringing history alive in this magical setting. We lovers even crossed the new “Milky Way” Hong Kong-Zhuhai sea bridge to get there. An evening to remember!


Review of Fuzhou Concert

Yesterday Evening’s ‘Night of Sevens’ Moves the Fuzhou Audience
7th Sep 2019
Fuzhou News Network September 5th (Fuzhou Evening News reporter Weng Yumin, photographer Chen Nuan).

Last night, the German Cologne New Philharmonic Orchestra appeared at the Straits Culture and Art Center, bringing a wonderful performance to the Rongcheng audience. The most impressive part for the audience was “Night of Sevens” based on the story of the Cowherd and the Weaver Girl. This symphonic poem has featured in all the concerts given by Cologne New Philharmonic Orchestra for their first world tour, and the Fuzhou audience became the first group of listeners.
“Night of Sevens” is a single-movement symphonic poem based on the story of the Cowherd and the Weaver Girl, written in sonata form. The composer chose the lyrical flute to express the lingering entanglement of the Cowherd and the Weaver Girl. The solo oboe showed the pain of the separation of the lovers, and the moving scene of the Magpie Bridge was portrayed by solo string instruments. In this work, he even directly incorporated the Qin Dynasty poem, “Que Qiao Xian”, which was sung by Chinese soprano Xue Kangni in Chinese. This blend of Chinese and Western cultures gave the audience last night a new and special experience.

Yesterday, the composer of this “Chinese Valentine’s Day Symphony”, contemporary British composer and music educator Andrew Weber-Mitchell, accepted an interview with this reporter. He said that he was very happy to come to Fuzhou and see his work in this beautiful theater. He has been in China for many years and has always hoped to find a way to express his love for China. The Cowherd and the Weaver Girl are a good story that can be expressed in music. He did a lot of research and eventually set the Song Dynasty poem to music. He hopes that the audience can feel the beauty of the combination of classical music and Chinese Song. He also said in particular: “There are many overseas Chinese in Fujian. There are many Fujianese people in the world. I hope they can think of their hometown when they hear this work and be proud of Chinese culture.
The German Cologne New Philharmonic Orchestra, which performed last night, is another classical music “dream team” ushered in by the Straits Culture and Art Center this year. The orchestra collaborated with the British violinist Nigel Kennedy from 1997 to 1999 and was recognized by the classical music community as an outstanding orchestra. With their exciting and personalized performance style, the orchestra has attracted countless audiences and has had an excellent reputation for 40 years.
Last night, the orchestra condutor Volker Hartung and violinist Elizabeth Basoff-Darskaia also became the stars of the audience. The orchestra returned to the stage three times and ended the performance with the warm applause of the Fuzhou audience.

The original article in Chinese can be found here: