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Professor Anthony Ritchie

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Professor and Head of the School of Performing Arts
MusB(Hons) PhD(Canterbury)
Joined the staff in 2000

Tel +64 3 479 8881

Research Expertise

  • Composition
  • 20th century music
  • New Zealand music

Postgraduate Supervision

  • Composition
  • 20th century music
  • New Zealand music

Student Successes

  • One of my earliest students was Michael Norris who is now an established composer and teaches at the NZ School of Music in Wellington.
  • Both Tecwyn Evans and Holly Mathieson studied composition with me and have gone onto successful careers as conductors.
  • Ryan Youens was a student of mine. He is an emerging composer based in Auckland, and has developed his own music copying business.
  • Supervised Andrew Filmer for his PhD - Andrew has subsequently become a lecturer in music in Malaysia
  • Matt Caradus was one of my composition students and has gone on to a free-lance career as a film composer
  • Supervised Trevor Coleman to become the first Doctor of Musical Arts in composition, in the Music Department. To quote Trevor: “Anthony has been consistently helpful to my progress on every level.”
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Creative Outputs

A selection of Creative Outputs available as Audio and Audio-Visual Recordings

  • Ritchie, Anthony D, Purakaunui at Dawn (2014) and Clarinet Quintet (2006 revised 2014), recorded by The Dalecarlia Quintet, Sweden on the CD Fjarran: Music by Ross Harris and Anthony Ritchie, Atoll CD, 2015.  This CD won the best classical album of the year at the NZ Music Awards 2016.
  • Ritchie, Anthony Wind Quintet (2009) on the CD, Zephyr: Music for Winds, Atoll CD, ACD 716. This CD was nominated for the NZ Music Awards, 2016.
  • Ritchie, Anthony He is Starlight for brass band (2015) on the CD The Woolstonian, recorded by The Woolston Band, Christchurch to celebrate its 125th anniversary.
  • Ritchie, Anthony D, Father and Son: Music by John and Anthony Ritchie. Includes Variations for G.B.P. for violin and organ, Four Duets for Two Violins, Thoughts from an Inner Garden, song cycle, by Anthony Ritchie. Ode CDMANU5167, 2015.
  • Ritchie, Anthony D, Symphony No.4, Stations, Atoll Records, October 2014. Published with the assistance of a Humanities grant.
  • Ritchie, Anthony D, A Bugle Will Do: Symphonic Works by Anthony Ritchie. The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, under Tecwyn Evans. Atoll Records, 2011.
  • Ritchie, Anthony D, Octopus: Anthony Ritchie Chamber Music. Members of The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and Alexa Still, flute. Atoll Records, 2011.
  • Ritchie, Anthony D, Expressions: Piano Music by Anthony Ritchie. Pianist, Tom McGrath. Ode/Manu Records, 2010.
  • Ritchie, Anthony D, Remember Parihaka: Orchestral music of Anthony Ritchie. Auckland Chamber Orchestra. Atoll CD 129, 2009.
  • Ritchie, Anthony D, NZ Poets in Song, CD of songs by Anthony Ritchie. Ode Records, 2008
  • Ritchie, Anthony D., Symphonies No.1 and 2. Christchurch Symphony. Kiwi Pacific Records. 2007.
  • Ritchie, Anthony D., Chamber music by Anthony Ritchie. Kiwi Pacific Records. 2006. Includes Viola Sonata, The Blue Sonata for cello and piano, Piano Trio, Oppositions for piano quartet.
  • Ritchie, Anthony D., 24 Preludes for piano, with Sharon Joy Vogan, Atoll Records, 2005.
  • Ritchie, Anthony D., Viola Concerto, with Penn State Orchestra and Timothy Deighton, on CD Viola Aotearoa, Atoll Records, 2002.
  • Ritchie, Anthony D., Southern Journeys, for orchestra and film, Natural History NZ video, released 2001. Permanent installation, 'Southern Lands, Southern People' gallery, opened 2002, Otago Museum, and Dunedin Airport.
  • Ritchie, Anthony D., From the Southern Marches, for choir and orchestra, 1998, Southern Sinfonia and City of Dunedin Choir, Otago Heritage Books CD.
  • Ritchie, Anthony D., Flute Concerto, Alexa Still flute, with NZSO, Koch CD, 1997
  • Ritchie, Anthony D., The Hanging Bulb for orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Continuum Music, 1995. Also released as part of an educational resource on SOUNZwrite CD, 1999.
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Further creative outputs (live performances of compositions) by Anthony Ritchie can be viewed/listened to at the following sites

  • Violin Concerto (2012)

  • Coverings (2013) for choir and harp

  • Spring String Trio (2013) for violin, viola and cello

  • This Other Eden (2014) opera in two acts.

  • Gouache from Portrait of F. H. (2009) for orchestra

Anthony’s most recent major composition, the oratorio Gallipoli to the Somme will be broadcast on RNZ Concert on the evening of November 11, 2016 – Armistice Day. Following that, the performance will be available to be viewed online, via the SOUNZ website.

Further creative outputs by Anthony Ritchie can be heard on Naxos online

Piano Preludes

Octopus: Anthony Ritchie Chamber Music

A Bugle Will Do: Symphony No.3 and other symphonic works by Anthony Ritchie

Viola Concerto on the CD Viola Aotearoa

Widow’s Songs for choir on the CD Spirit of the Land: New Zealand choral music

Yet Another Poem of Spring for orchestra, on the CD Landscapes

Pink and White for organ, on the CD Pink and White

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Other Resources about Anthony Ritchie

A new online resource about Anthony’s four symphonies has been published by SOUNZ, including recordings and background information, plus an introduction by the composer.

A Year of Anthony Ritchie: An Interview by Charlotte Wilson
SOUNZ website:

Music of the Soul – Music by Anthony Ritchie
In the magazine Down in Edin

A new online resource about Anthony’s four symphonies has been published by SOUNZ, including recordings and background information, plus an introduction by the composer.

For further information on Anthony Ritchie see:

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Other Musical and Community Activities

  • ‘Composer Mentor for the NZSO Todd Young Composers Awards'
  • 'Judge for numerous composition competitions, including The Sounz Contemporary Awards and The Chamber Music NZ Composition Competition.’
  • Judge for The Big Sing
  • ‘Organiser of the Lilburn Trust Student Composers Competition at Otago University’
  • ‘Organiser of NZ Music Month Concerts at Otago University’
  • Board member for The Caselberg Trust, helping select artists and musicians for the Caselberg Artists Residency, Dunedin, 2011-15.
  • Co-conductor for The Dunedin Youth Orchestra
  • I play croquet and ches