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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.  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.  In January 2016 Antony took up the post of Artistic Director of Australia’s leading vocal ensemble, The Song Company.  Antony is represented by Claire Rogers. >>

“...My first impulse on hearing this disc was to commend it unreservedly to each and every
man, woman, and child on the planet...” 

“...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

“…it's pretty much impossible not to reach a state of bliss after listening to a new album
featuring seven pieces chosen by English a capella choir TONUS PEREGRINUS…”
Musical Toronto

“Kick yourself if you missed: Antony Pitts’ extraordinary sound collage, A Parisian in Paradise, on Radio 3... 
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