Zhuhai Concert Reactions

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!