Madeleine Mitchell

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This article is about the British violinist. For the American beauty queen, see Madeline Mitchell.
Madeleine Mitchell
Genres Classical music
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Violin
Years active 1985–present
Labels Divine Art, Naxos, NMC Records, Signum Records, Somm, Meridian
Associated acts Fires of London
Michael Nyman Band
Notable instruments
Giuseppe Rocca[1] 1839

Madeleine Mitchell is a British violinist who has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in over forty countries in a wide repertoire.[2] She has also been a member of The Fires of London and the Michael Nyman Band.


Mitchell served from 1985-1987 as a member of Peter Maxwell Davies's performing group, The Fires of London.[3] In 1992, she was briefly a member of the Michael Nyman Band and appeared in that capacity in Volker Schlöndorff's concert film, The Michael Nyman Songbook, performing on some of the eponymous album, which was recorded the previous year. She subsequently recorded Nyman's work 'On The Fiddle', written for her in 1993, as part of her album In Sunlight: Pieces for Madeleine Mitchell NMC D098 of music written for her by Brian Elias, Stuart Jones, James MacMillan, Stephen Montague, Nigel Osborne, Anthony Powers, and John Woolrich with pianist Andrew Ball in 2005.

Madeleine Mitchell was one of the artists representing Britain in both the festival UKinNY with a recital at Lincoln Center and for the centenary of Entente Cordiale with France, has given recitals at Sydney Opera House, Seoul Center for the Arts and Hong Kong - part of a 3 month world tour, played at many international and most of the major British festivals and frequently performs in London. She was invited by Norbert Brainin to perform with him for his 80th birthday concert at Wigmore Hall in 2003. Other artists with whom she has collaborated include Paul Watkins, Joanna MacGregor, Craig Ogden and Roger Chase. Her recitals have frequently been broadcast by BBC, S4C, ABC, Bayersicher Rundfunk etc.

Madeleine Mitchell has performed a wide repertoire of concertos with major orchestras including the St Petersburg Philharmonic (2009), Czech and Polish Radio Symphony, Wurttemberg and Munich Chamber, the Royal Philharonic and other London orchestras; Welsh Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra de Bahia Brazil, Malaga Symphony of Spain and for the BBC including the written for her by Piers Hellawell. She commissioned and premiered a unique 'concerto' for violin with voices by Jonathan Harvey, Thierry Pecou and Roxanna Panufnik.

She was awarded the Tagore Gold Medal as Foundation Scholar at the Royal College of Music where she has been a Professor since 1994. As Fulbright/ITT Fellow she gained a master's degree in New York studying with Dorothy DeLay, Donald Weilerstein and Sylvia Rosenberg at the Eastman and Juilliard schools. She is Director of the London Chamber Ensemble and the Red Violin Festival (Founder Patron Lord Menuhin). She was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2000.


Year Album title Works(Composer) Label Disc Reference
1993 Essential Michael Nyman (with the Michael Nyman Band) Decca
2003 British Treasures (with Andrew Ball) SOMM SOMMCD031
2004 Frank Bridge
  • String quartet in Bb (previously unpublished - premiere recording)
  • Viola Quintet
2004 Johann Nepomuk Hummel Violin Sonatas Meridian
2004 Quiet Music (with Joanna MacGregor) SoundCircus
2005 In Sunlight: Pieces for Madeleine Mitchell (with Andrew Ball) NMC NMC D098
2007 Alwyn: Chamber Music and Songs (with
  • Roger Chase
  • Andrew Ball
  • Lucy Wilding
  • Jeremy Huw WiIliams
  • Iain Burnside)
  • Rhapsody for Piano Quartet
  • Sonata Impromptu for Violin and Viola
  • Two Songs for Voice
  • Violin and Piano
  • Sonatina for Violin and Piano (all by William Alwyn)
Naxos 8.570340
2007 FiddleSticks (with ensemble bash) Signum Classics SIGCD111
2007 Violin Songs (with Andrew Ball and Elizabeth Watts) Divine Art DDA25063
2008 Howard Blake: Music for Piano and Strings (with Andrew Ball)
  • Violin Sonata Op. 586
  • Penillion for violin and piano Op. 571
  • Jazz Dances for violin and piano Op. 520a
Naxos 8.572083
2010 Messiaen (with

Gramophone Magazine recommended recording.

Warner Classical 825646820924
2011 Wendy Hiscocks Violin works and chamber music Symposium
2012 Associated Board Royal Schools of Music violin syllabus 2012-15 Items on the demonstration CDs accompanying the volumes of exam pieces. ABRM
2013 Alpha and Omega (with Cappella Nova) Domine non secundum peccata nostra (James MacMillan) BBC Music Magazine Choral CD of the Month March 2014 Linn Records CKD439


  1. ^ The Strad Magazine, November 2008, Pages 54 to 58, 'History Rewritten'
  2. ^ "Celebrity recital by 'one of Britain's liveliest musical forces'", Times of Malta, 13 April 2007, retrieved 2011-07-29
  3. ^ Holland, Bernhard (1985) "Music: Fires of London", The New York Times, December 2, 1985, retrieved 2011-07-29

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