Judith Mitchell cellist

CV: Performing and Teaching

Working with composer Andrew Lovett in July 2012, creating samples and tracks
for his film score for Crossing Points.

1. Formal C.V.

London, Present-1987

Commissions (all world and UK premieres)

Matthew Adkins Noumena 2000 cello and electronics (first prizes, Bourges and Russolo international composition competitions) commissioned by Sonic Arts Network with funding from ACE.

Andrew Lovett Unknown Terrors 2000 cello, keyboards, electronics commissioned by Sonic Arts Network with funding from ACE.

Matthew Adkins Quietness Drowning 1997 cello and electronics

Michael Rosas Cobian Soliloqueando 1997 cello and electronics, with funding from the Eastern Arts Board

Michael Clarke Confluence 1995 cello and keyboards, with funding from the Arts Council of Great Britain

Rodrigo Cicchelli Velloso Entangled Lattitudes 1993 cello and electronics (prize winner, Russolo international composition competition)

Gabriel Ortiz Things Like That Happen 1994 cello and electronics

Alistair MacDonald Brittle for cello, piano and tape*+

John Buller Scribenery 1974 for solo cello, with funding from the Welsh Arts Council

Richard Rodney Bennett Scena II 1974 for solo cello, with funding from the Welsh Arts Council

Premieres: world+ and UK*

Kaija Saariaho Pres* cello and electronics 2000

Pascale Criton Bifurcations+* cello, piano and electronics 1995

Jonathan Harvey Three Sketches* solo cello 1993

For full details of all contemporary, and other, music performed in concerts and broadcasts: see Repertoire section

CD recordings

Mathew Adkins Noumena 28e Concours international de musique et d'art sonore électroacoustiques. Bourges 2001. XXIIo Concorso Internationale -Luigi Russolo -Di Musica Electroacoustica 2000.

Xenakis Medea Hyperion CDA66980 1997

James Wood Two Men Meet… NMC D044 1995 and 1997

Rodrigo Velloso Entangled Latitudes XVIIo Concorso Internationale -Luigi Russolo -Di Musica Electroacoustica 1994

Alejandro Viñao Triple Concerto WERGO WER 2019-50 1990

Performance: solo

Mexico 2004 at Mexico State University to foster interest in contemporary music for cello with and without electronics: recital, as wide ranging as I could make it, combined with equally comprehensive lecture demonstration and a week of workshops and masterclasses with students in the cello department.

Interfusion, the ensemble I founded in 1996. Cello, piano/keyboards and electronics with Clive Williamson (piano and keyboards) and sound diffusion musicians. Commissions (see above), concerts, tours, broadcasts, in the UK, including the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, and in Europe, including the Netherlands and Germany.

Sonic Arts Network UK tour 2000, live BBC recording. Programme centred round two major commissions for pieces by Mathew Adkins and Andrew Lovett

Purcell Room 1993 recital of music for cello and piano, with Philip Mead (piano)and Denis Smalley (sound diffusion).

Performance: ensemble

Critical Band concerts, broadcasts, recordings, of music with a strong microtonal content, although latterly the interpretation of 'microtonal' became suitably more relaxed.

London Sinfonietta 1987-1997, concerts, broadcasts, opera at Glyndebourne, tours in UK and Europe.

Alejandro Viñao's Triple Concerto with Philip Mead (piano), Kate Lukas (flutes) and the composer, at Contemporary Music Festival, Bergen, and ISCM World Music Days, Oslo.

Gemini, Almeida Ensemble, Music Projects, London. Concerts, broadcasts.

Glyndebourne, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment cond. Simon Rattle 1989 Marriage of Figaro

Glyndebourne touring opera 1986-9


Private teaching practice - initially with wide age range; currently mainly adults (see Teaching Career, Performance Career sections for details).

Professional Development department ABRSM 1997-2011. Mentor for CTABRSM and TME courses in the UK and Hong Kong.

Mexico State University 2004 - at Mexico State University to foster interest in contemporary music for cello with and without electronics: recital, as wide ranging as I could make it, combined with equally comprehensive lecture demonstration and a week of workshops and masterclasses with students in the cello department.

Morley College 1997-2000. Classes (quite large and really good fun!) for adult cello beginners and intermediate players.

East London Late Starters' Orchestra, summer schools 2001/2002.

Norwich, 1987-1975


Quatrocelli; cello quartet with Sandra Denby, Louise Player and Margaret Richards

Alejandro Viñao Triple Concerto for piano, flute, cello and electronics, with Philip Mead (piano), and Kate Lukas (flute)

London Sinfonietta: Stravinsky The Rake's Progress and concerts at Teatro Reale and La Scala, Milan.

Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, for a number of years as principal cellist


Large private teaching practice: pupils aged from 4 yrs to 83 yrs.

Cello Orchestra Days and Cello Ensemble Days for children and adults.

Brighton Youth Orchestra: coaching cellos for ten years

ERMA Junior Orchestral Course: coaching cellos for ten years

A chance to arrange a large quantity of music for cello ensembles (four to six cellos) and cello orchestra, while recuperating after a major operation for breast cancer in 1982: music from medieval times to the present day and with standards from beginner to advanced, as well as mixed ability arrangements. This has been a massively valuable resource in my teaching ever since, so it just goes to show … seize the moment! (Further augmented for Morley College classes in London 1997-2000).

University College of North Wales, Bangor, 1975-1970.

Full-time post as resident cellist in the university piano trio:


Fortnightly concerts during term: music for piano trio, duos and solo repertoire, and augmented with guest players for piano quartet/quintet,

Commissions by UCNW with funding from the Welsh Arts Council, for works for solo cello (1974): Scribenery John Buller and Scena II Richard Rodney Bennett

Contemporary Music Group with students, directed by Jeff Lewis - a musical milestone for me.

Cello and piano duo with Ann Rees 1973-75, performing for Music Clubs in Wales and recording for BBC Wales.


Individual lessons and ensemble/orchestral coaching for both music students and students in other departments

Adult extra-mural department: coaching, occasionally conducting, string orchestra.

Private teaching: children and adults of all standards.

Early Professional Career, 1966-1970/75

Unicorn Opera Group, Abingdon (cello continuo for 10 Handel operas, initially as a student) 1966-1975. Over this time the orchestra changed, step by step, from modern to period instruments and an increasingly historically informed style of playing.

Guildford Philharmonic Orchestra 1967-1970 while still a student, as part of Vernon Handley's helpful scheme for providing experience to younger players.

Early years, before 1970

Born 1947

Guildford County Music School throughout school years - instrumental and musicianship lessons, performances, youth ensemble, Guildford Symphony Orchestra and much, much more. A wonderful start to any youngster's musical life.

Lessons with Douglas Cameron 1963-1969 (latterly at RAM)

National Youth Orchestra 1961-1965

Royal Academy of Music, London 1965-1969. Scholarships… prizes… Dip RAM, B Mus (London), LRAM (Vc Performance), ARCM (Vc Teaching). More importantly, studies with: Douglas Cameron, Sidney Griller, Wilfred Parry, Geoffrey Pratley, Eric Thiman, Arthur Jacobs, among others. Special study: The Development of Stringed Instruments String Techniques and String Music from Beginnings to the Present (with grateful thanks to David Boyden and Robert Donnington, whose books had just been published!).