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Antony Pitts

Location: England, United Kingdom
Antony Pitts was born in 1969 and is one of several composers in his family.  He sang as a treble in the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace, and wrote his first pieces down at the age of 8.  At New College, Oxford he was an Academic Scholar and later an Honorary Senior Scholar; he gained the joint highest mark in Moderations and in 1990 completed a BA in Music with First-Class Honours.  His career since as a composer, director, producer, and teacher has combined academic, industry, and professional musical experience at world-class levels: a decade-long association with the Royal Academy of Music culminating in an internationally-recognized research project; a rich and varied output as a BBC producer marked by ground-breaking practice and an exceptional catalogue of awards and nominations; and a creative record as a composer, scholar, and performer with an acclaimed series of recordings of milestones of early Western music on Naxos, and commissions for leading ensembles in the UK and abroad.  While still at New College he founded TONUS PEREGRINUS and in 2004 won a Cannes Classical Award for his interpretation of Arvo Pärt’s Passio with the ensemble.  He joined the BBC in 1992, and worked for many years as a Senior Producer for Radio 3; he received the Radio Academy BT Award for Facing the Radio in 1995, and has been nominated no fewer than eight times for the premier international radio award, the Prix Italia, winning in 2004 with A Pebble in the Pond.  At the Royal Academy of Music he pioneered new courses in both Composition and Creative Technology, and as a Senior Lecturer presented research at conferences across Europe.  Antony is a patron of the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music and an honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Church Music.  His music has been premiered in Wigmore Hall and Westminster Cathedral in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and the Philharmonie Kammermusiksaal in Berlin; various scores are published by Faber Music – notably the 40-part motet XL and The Naxos Book of Carols, while recordings of his music, including two complete CDs, are available on Hyperion, Harmonia Mundi, Naxos, Signum, and Unknown Public.  His new mass setting for the Dutch Illustre Lieve Vrouwe Broederschap was the first to be commissioned by the foundation for almost 500 years, and part of his Requiem was specially composed for Alexander Litvinenko’s memorial.  In the summer of 2011 his cantata Who is my neighbour? was recorded during an Aldeburgh Residency at Snape, and premiered at the opening of the Spitalfields Festival.  His oratorio-musical Jerusalem-Yerushalayim received its US premiere in May 2012 in a performance by Choral Arts Cleveland under the baton of Martin Kessler, and is available in beautifully printed vocal and full scores from and as digital audio via the Hyperion website:  More information at
“...My first impulse on hearing this disc was to commend it unreservedly to each and every man, woman, and child on the planet...”  Fanfare
“...Pitts is a composer to watch out for...”  Allmusic
“...perhaps one of the most sought-after British composers of contemporary choral works...”
“...His is a compositional voice of real personality and imagination...”  Gramophone Editor’s Choice
“...a unique, strong, and, above all, spiritual voice seems to speak through.”  Church Times
“A composer on a spiritual quest who’s found the near-perfect singers for it...”  Gramophone
“TONUS PEREGRINUS, a vocal ensemble made up of first-rank singers led by Pitts...”  All Music Guide
“...combined talent for divinely pure sound...”  Choir & Organ
“In terms of sheer beauty of performance and recording, this disc takes some beating...”  Fanfare
“ of the most rewarding I’ve heard for years...”  On an Overgrown Path
“Kick yourself if you missed: Antony Pitts’ extraordinary sound collage, A Parisian in Paradise, on Radio 3...  Mind-blowing.”  The Independent on Sunday Review of the Year
“ turned out it was by Antony Pitts of TONUS PEREGRINUS, who has remarkable ways with music...”  The Independent on Sunday

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