Winner, Best Classical Album, NZ Music Awards
Fjarren: In the Distance with Anthony’s Clarinet Quintet and Purakaunui at Dawn has won its category in the 2016 NZ Music Awards.
(Atoll, ACD 316: see also under RECORDINGS. Copies can be ordered from the composer, or from Atoll Records.)
The CD Zephyr: Music for Winds with Anthony's Wind Quintet has also been nominated for the NZ Music Awards.
WIND QUINTET ON CD
Anthony’s Wind Quintet (2009) has been released on CD, entitled Zephyr: Music for Winds, Atoll CD, ACD 716. The work was commissioned by the group Zephyr who include New Zealand Symphony Orchestra players. It is available through Marbecks in Auckland or Atoll Records.
ANTHONY'S FOUR SYMPHONIES AVAILABLE ONLINE
Recently SOUNZ completed an online resource on Anthony’s symphonies, including recordings and background information, plus an introduction by the composer. The recordings include:
Symphony No.1 NZ Symphony Orchestra, conductor Ken Young, RNZ 1998
Symphony No.2 Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, conductor James Sedares, RNZ 2000
Symphony No.3 Dunedin Symphony Orchestra, conductor Simon Over, RNZ, 2010
Symphony No.4 Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, conductor Tom Woods, soprano Jenny Wollerman, SOUNZ film, 2014
Follow this link: A Ritchie Symphonies.
In addition, Anthony’s Symphony No.1 has just been published by Promethean Editions (Wellington), to go with the publication of Symphony No.3.
NEW BRASS AND WIND PIECES COMING ON CD
This year The Royal New Zealand Navy Band celebrated its 75th anniversary by commissioning Anthony to write something for them.
Te Moana (The Sea) for wind band will be available on CD soon.
The Woolston Brass Band of Christchurch is releasing a new CD which includes He is Starlight which Anthony composed in 2015, to commemorate his father’s death. More details soon!
Gallipoli to the Somme broadcast November 17th
Gallipoli to the Somme was broadcast on RNZ Concert on the evening of November 11 - Armistice Day.
Follow this link to hear it on replay radio.
WORLD WAR I COMMEMORATIVE WORK WARMLY RECEIVED
Gallipoli to the Somme was premiered at Arts Festival Dunedin on October 1, by the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra, City Choir Dunedin, Southern Youth Choir, with soloists Anna Leese and Martin Snell, conducted by Simon Over.
This new work is like an oratorio, that includes songs, choruses, and orchestral pieces. It is a humanist statement about ordinary peoples' experiences of World War I.
Soldiers, nurses, lovers, children etc from different nationalities are represented in this work, through diary entries, poems, traditional texts, and even a military plan of battle.
The piece was commissioned to commemorate WW1, with funding from Creative NZ.
The performance received a standing ovation, and great reviews. Here's what Elizabeth Bouman wrote in the ODT: "Ritchie will be remembered as one of the greatest composers of his time."
Gallipoli to the Somme will be broadcast on RNZ Concert on the evening of November 11 - Armistice Day. Following that, the performance will be available to be viewed online, via the SOUNZ website.
SOUNZ RECORDINGS OF PIECES FOR AMATUER ORCHESTRA
In September The Westlake Orchestra (Westlake Girls' and Boys' Schools in Auckland) recorded two of Anthony's works for amateur orchestras: Balkan Bagpipes (1985) and Procession (2008).
Conducted by David Squire, these recordings were also filmed and will be available on the SOUNZ website soon.
ANTHONY ON RESEARCH LEAVE
Anthony has been enjoying some dedicated time composing as he takes Research Leave leave from the University of Otago this semester.
He has been working on various projects, including new works for NZTrio, for Cellos Aotearoa (entitled Memories of Purakaunui for 5 cellos and piano, performed October 3 on the Arts Festival Dunedin),
for tenor and piano (for James Rodgers), and for cornet (a solo test piece for Brass Bands NZ).
However, his major project is a new symphony – No.5. Anthony is exploring a new approach to composition in this work, based on simplicity and naivety.
CHORAL RECORDING PROJECT IN BELGIUM
Anthony recently travelled to Belgium to help with the recording of his choral works by the Aquarius choir.
This top-quality professional choir has performed four of his works before, including Salaam in 2013.
The CD has the theme of 'Survivors' and includes two newly composed works for the choir: The Survivor and Ellen's Vigil (based on an aria from Gallipoli to the Somme).
Also on the CD are new recordings of This Sea We Cross Over, Widow's Songs and Song of Hope.
Producer Wayne Laird travelled to Belgium to make the recording, to be released on Atoll early in 2017.
SWEDISH COMPOSER'S RESIDENCY
Also part of Anthony’s Research Leave is a trip to Sweden to be Composer-in-Residence at the Visby Composers Centre, on Gotland. This exciting opportunity coincides with a concert of Anthony's work, being presented at the Wermland Opera House in Karlstad by The Dalecarlia Quintet. They will be premiering a new work for violin and clarinet Anthony has written for Manu Berklejon and Anna McGregor. Some works from the CD Fjarren will also be presented.