Conor Mitchell is a composer and music-theatre maker from Northern Ireland. As well and being an established orchestral, concert composer and librettist, Mitchell also directs stage works for The Belfast Ensemble – where he is current artistic director.
Recent works include his music-theatre piece THE HABSBURG TRAGEDIES (The Belfast Ensemble), his Cultural Olympiad opera Our Day (NI Opera), the children’s opera The Musician (national tour), the choral work Shadowtime (Royal Festival Hall), Requiem for the Disappeared (Spark Opera), the sinfonietta 20: Ceasefire, and his Cabaret Songs in celebration of Britten’s 100th birthday (Aldeburgh Music). He and Mark Ravenhill’s award winning song cycle Ten Plagues (Royal Court, Traverse Theatre) was recently revived at Wilton’s Music Hall, London, performed again by Marc Almond. A reworking of his 2003 musical-theatre piece Group! has just premiered in Ireland, directed by the composer.
As composer/librettist The Incredible Book Eating Boy (The MAC, Belfast), The Dummy Tree (National Theatre, London), Geppetto In Spring (Gothenburg, Sweden), Goblin Market, Christmas Betty Ford (Lyric, Belfast), Have A Nice Life (Off Broadway), The Last Ambulance (The Gate, London) and many others.
Stage scores include Bent (Trafalgar Studios) with Alan Cummings and over 40 others in Ireland and the West End. He has recently returned from New York reviving his live score for Tuesday at Tescos starring Simon Calllow, He has been twice been on attachment to the National Theatre, music advisor to YMT:UK, writer in residence at LAMDA, music ambassador for ‘Derry City of Culture 2013’s Music Promise and an inaugural artist in residence at the new Metropolitan Arts Centre, Belfast.
Awards include BEST SCORE (New York Musical Theatre Festival), the Stiles and Drewe Song Writers Award, The Arts Foundation Fellowship Award for Composition, awarded by Sir Richard Eyre and two Fringe Firsts. Mitchell is the founder ofThe Belfast Ensemble. He is the recipient of the 2016, Arts Council Northern Ireland Major Individual Artist’s Award for this body of symphonic work.