Richard Pantcheff is internationally renowned as one of the finest contemporary composers of Choral, Organ, Chamber and Instrumental music. He divides his time between South Africa, where he was Director of Music (2012-2019) and remains as Composer in Residence at the Anglican Church of St. George in Johannesburg,  and Oxford where he specialises in choral conducting. He is also a Patron of the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music.

His compositions have received wide acclaim from performers, critics, and audiences all across the world for their originality, technical brilliance, and emotional power:

“The admired composer and conductor, Richard Pantcheff….”

“An ecstatic articulation of the words, the latter of which giving the impression the singers are caught up in the quietest of raptures. It certainly is one of the more unusual and beautiful Christmas choral works that I have heard in a long time, yielding more and more on subsequent listening”.

“…Richard Pantcheff’s haunting and deeply atmospheric ‘A Christmas Carol’, in which slow, sustained vocal lines waft elusively over an other-worldly organ accompaniment. No boisterous bells, no chirpy chanting, no delightful ditties, but an intense reflection on the miracle of the Christmas story, as related in Swinburne’s text”.

“Probably the best (piece on the CD) is Richard Pantcheff’s Christmas Carol….”

“…an articulate compositional voice…”

“…exquisitely rewarding…”

“…totally pleasing to the ear…”

“…a renowned composer with an established reputation…”

“…Pantcheff’s style is basically tonal, but has a wonderful turn of melodic phrase, by using expressionist dissonance…”

“…one of the UK’s foremost composers…”

This recital deserves to be heard for Pantcheff’s setting…”


“…a fine new piece…”

“The overall feeling is sharp and spiky, modulated by a good feel for texture…”

“…full of lyricism, passion, and energy…”


“It is with the Five Elizabethan Lyrics by Richard Pantcheff that the programme takes a leap upwards…”

“Pantcheff’s dynamic musical setting, with its vivid contrasts of harmonic colour, reflects in turn the excitement and the glory of the dawning of the new age…”

“…a searching, gritty, dialogue between the two instruments…”

“There are many memorable touches…”



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