Pitts, Antony (b1969)
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Antony Pitts

born: 24 March 1969
country: United Kingdom

Antony Pitts was born in 1969 and is one of several composers in his family. He wrote his first pieces down at the age of 8, and sang as a treble in the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace, and in a band called Room 33 while at Tiffin Boys’ School. 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 First-Class Honours in Music. 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 a series of international presentations as a Senior Lecturer; a rich and varied output as a BBC Senior 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 European vocal ensembles. 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 BBC Radio 3 in 1992, and in 1995 made Facing the Radio for which he received the Radio Academy BT Award in 1996; he has been nominated no fewer than eight times for the premier international radio prize, the Prix Italia, winning in 2004 with A Pebble in the Pond. He pioneered new courses in Composition and Creative Technology at the Royal Academy of Music, and is a patron of the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music and an honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Church Music. Antony’s music has been premiered at Wigmore Hall and Westminster Cathedral in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and the Philharmonie Kammermusiksaal in Berlin; his scores are published by 1equalmusic and Faber Music – notably the 40-part motet XL and The Naxos Book of Carols, while recordings of his music are available on Hyperion, Harmonia Mundi, Naxos, Signum, and Unknown Public. His double-choir mass setting for the Dutch Illustre Lieve Vrouwe Broederschap was the first to be commissioned by the foundation for almost 500 years, and his music was chosen to be sung at Alexander Litvinenko’s memorial, including part of a specially-composed Requiem. In the summer of 2011 his cantata Who is my neighbour? was recorded during an Aldeburgh Residency at Snape, and premiered as part of Road to Jericho at the opening of the Spitalfields Festival. Antony is now writing an opera telling the story of Western music.

from notes by Jeremy Summerly 2008


Pitts: Alpha and Omega
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Pitts: Jerusalem-Yerushalayim
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Pitts: Seven Letters & other sacred music
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Alphabetical listing of all musical works

A Thousand Years (Pitts)
Adam Shet Enosh  
Adoro te (Pitts)
Amen (Pitts)
Amen, amen, I say unto you  
Before Abraham was, I AM  
I AM Alpha and Omega  
I AM the Bread of Life  
I AM the Door – I AM the Good Shepherd  
I AM the Light of the World  
I AM the Resurrection and the Life  
I AM the True Vine  
I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life  
I and the Father are one  
I held him and would not let him go  
Jerusalem-Yerushalayim (Pitts)
Lazarus is dead  
My Dove (Pitts)
O Holy of Holies (Pitts)
O Love (Pitts)
O Wisdom of God (Pitts)
Sanctus and Benedictus (Pitts)
Seven Letters (Pitts)
The First and Last (Pitts)
The I AM Sayings of Jesus (Pitts)
The Lord's Prayer (Pitts)
The peace of Jerusalem  
Thou knowest my lying down  
Though the mountains be removed  
Three Easter Anthems (Pitts)