Conor Mitchell is the recipient of the 2016, Arts Council Northern Ireland Major Individual Artist’s Award - the highest honour bestowed by the agency -and is currently working on his body of symphonic work. Known as much for his musical theatre canon as his contemporary work, his pieces are regularly performed outside of Ireland.
Recent scores include his Concertino for Flute, 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 Queer Cabaret Songs in celebration of Britten's 100th birthday (Aldeburgh Music), The Dummy Tree (National Theatre), Tuesday at Tescos (Off-broadway). 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 by Marc Almond.
As writer/director he has created The Moot Virginity of Catherine of Aragon, The Doppler Effect (Belfast Ensemble), The Dark Tower (YMT:UK), and the large scale Lenanshee for ‘Derry city of culture, 2013. Mitchell is currently artistic director of the new music-theatre group The Belfast Ensemble.