Antony Pitts


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 First-Class Honours in Music.

His career as a composer, director, producer, lecturer, and technologist has combined academic, industry, and professional experience at world-class levels: a decade-long association with the Royal Academy of Music culminating in an internationally-recognized research project as 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 ensembles and festivals in the UK, Europe, and the Middle East.

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 Radio 3 in 1992, and in 1995 received the Radio Academy BT Award for a pioneering webcast; he 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. He devised 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 at the opening of the Spitalfields Festival. His oratorio-musical Jerusalem-Yerushalayim was given its U.S. premieres in 2012 and 2014 and a recording by TONUS PEREGRINUS with Aldeburgh Young Musicians, Londinium, and Tiffin Boys’ Choir, was released as a double album in 2013 and has been remixed for release with narration by David Suchet in 2017.

Antony is represented by Claire Rogers, and took up the baton as Artistic Director of The Song Company in 2016.