Bridges by Andrew Webb-Mitchell published on 2013/01/25 16:33:37 +0000 NOW AVAILABLE ON iTUNES AND AMAZON. Elizabeth Bailey (soprano), Hui Kim (tenor), Brno Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Mikel Toms. Music by Andrew Webb-Mitchell Words by Joanna Boulter “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. The work is dedicated to Mahler but, although the scale of the work is comparable to a Mahlerian song cycle, the music is in no way derivative and Andrew Webb-Mitchell has his own unique style and sound-world.” Tasmin Little, violinist All views of the Newcastle riverside are dominated by the seven famous bridges across the Tyne, which link the city to Gateshead on the south bank of the river. Bridges not only reflects this spectacular imagery but also the significance of the bridges to the people that live there; they witness and inspire the changing landscape of a developing city. The Quayside was once an industrial area and a busy commercial dockside. However during more recent times, the docks had become extremely run-down as industry in the North East fell into dramatic decline. The Quayside has since been heavily redeveloped to provide a modern environment for the modern arts, music and culture, as well as new housing developments. The bridges have played a key role in this process of renewal In a wider sense, Bridges examines the symbolic significance of bridges to humanity, promoting the co-existence and unification of communities. Claiming the gentle first light of the day the historic bridges witness the city awake. Spanning the watery barrier, guiding the people across the bridges reach out joining opposing banks embracing each stranger and friend. Like characters playing a role in the drama they quietly influence all that they see. They speak of past and of future, imparting their lore. Joyful bridges boldly arching above bear their witness to renewal, watching the quayside transform, moving on from its proud industrial past. All bridges proclaim a message simple and concise that all people should live in harmony. With history engraved in the steel the structures draw us back through time. Crowded trams pass by as they hurry across, weary workers yawn on their way to the mills. The mighty steam trains labour with their heavy loads: as they near the river the bridges prepare and brace for the strain. Now the coal-laden ships leave the staiths setting forth for the sea, setting forth on their voyage and under each bridge they journey heading for distant lands. But the flowing currents change with the passing of time, inspiring the city anew. A debutante arrives on the scene casting a flirtatious eye she celebrates on the quay greeting all who enjoy great buildings serving art. All bridges give voice to a triumphant song. They sing a message of reconciliation and peace. Conferring their strength on the city all around as they sing they bring people together in a spirit of unity.