(1969 - )
Antony Pitts MA (Oxon), FCSR was born in 1969 and sang as a boy in the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace. An Academic Scholar and later Honorary Senior Scholar at New College, Oxford, he gained the joint highest mark in Moderations and a First-Class Honours degree in Music in 1990. Since then his music has been premiered in Westminster Cathedral and Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and the Philharmonie Kammermusiksaal in Berlin. He has been commissioned to write for the Berlin Radio Choir, Cambridge Voices, Cappella Pratensis, The Clerks, the Edington Festival of Music within the Liturgy, European Chamber Opera, Festival of the Voice, Fifth Quadrant, King's College London, the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music, New Chamber Opera, Oxford Camerata, the Oxford Festival of Contemporary Music, Schola Cantorum of Oxford, the Swingle Singers, and the Choir of Westminster Cathedral. His double-choir mass setting for the Illustre Lieve Vrouwe Broederschap in the Netherlands was the first to be commissioned by the foundation for almost 500 years; part of his Requiem was written for and sung at the memorials for Alexander Litvinenko; his oratorio Jerusalem-Yerushalayim received a standing ovation at its premiere in Northern Ireland. Various scores of his music are published by Faber Music, notably the 40-part motet XL and The Naxos Book of Carols - commissioned by the world's leading classical music label Naxos. Further recordings of his music are available on Harmonia Mundi, Naxos, Signum, and Unknown Public, and Hyperion have released two complete CDs of his choral works sung by TONUS PEREGRINUS – one of which was a Gramophone Editor's Choice; their performance of his choral arrangement of the Tears for Fears hit Mad World is available exclusively on iTunes.
Antony's career as a composer, director, producer, and lecturer 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 as a Senior Lecturer; a rich and varied output as a BBC Senior Producer marked by ground-breaking practice in sound design 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 with TONUS PEREGRINUS. He founded TONUS PEREGRINUS while still at New College and in 2004 won a Cannes Classical Award for his interpretation of Arvo Pärt's Passio with the ensemble - also a UK No.1 and another Gramophone Editor's Choice. He joined the BBC in 1992, and worked for many years as a Producer and 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 most prestigious international radio award, the Prix Italia, winning in 2004 with A Pebble in the Pond. He has also presented series on the music of Olivier Messiaen, Guillaume de Machaut, Hildegard of Bingen and Arvo Pärt, and has guest-presented BBC Radio 4's Something Understood. At the Royal Academy of Music he pioneered new courses in both Composition and Creative Technology, and has presented research on his musicDNA project at conferences across Europe. Antony is married to Karen, and they live with their children in East Sussex. He is currently working on an opera telling the story of Western music.