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Anthony John Whittaker (born 1968) is a British composer. He graduated with a BMus(hons) from the University of London and has an MMus and PhD from the University of Liverpool in composition.
Having always been an interest during his musical development, composition became increasingly important during the 1990s where he composed for staff and students at the Performing Arts department of Liverpool Community College. Anthony studied composition as a postgraduate at the University of Liverpool with James Wishart and Ben Hackbarth.
Notoriety first came in 2000 with the SPNM performance of Drift for six pianos which was performed alongside Steve Reich's music for 6 pianos; the principal pianist being Joanna MacGregor. Choral music became important after this time; Agnus Dei (TTBB) received performances in Berlin and Montreal. A Litany also for TTBB was performed at the International Eisteddfod and broadcast on S4C television in 2002. Larger commissions followed. For example, The Prodigal Son for choir 2 pianos and percussion 2005. His choral music has also been performed at the Royal Festival Hall.
Chamber music has also played an important part. There are two works for string quartet and Indiscretions with Sarabande was written for the Baroque ensemble L'indiscret in 2007. The Clarinet Quintet were completed in 2009 during a period working in the Far East, Singapore and Taiwan. Anthony's largest project to date is a choral suite with Genghis Khan as the main protagonist and 2014 will see the premiere and recording of a chamber orchestra work 'Another Place'.
Some of the early choral pieces are published by the Welsh firm Curiad and recent projects have included educational music initially concentrating on early to intermediate levels, experiments with electronics, Noches and German Requiem and the more technically demanding piano music Preludium Improvisations. A piano concerto is in its early stages of formation. Solo works for the violinist Steven Wilkie and oboist, Manon Lewis were commissioned in 2015 and a new setting of Psalm 150 was premiered in Nairobi Cathedral in July 2017 by Alan Childs.