Major Commissions and Performances

1985
First performance of Sonata for Cello and Piano at the Victoria Bach Festival, Texas, USA.

1993
First of several new anthems published and distributed worldwide (including Drop thy Still Dews, and Hymn to the Virgin).

First of c.130 pieces and arrangements for Organ, published by Kevin Mayhew Ltd and distributed worldwide.

1994
The Responses – Frankfurt, first performed in Canterbury and Salisbury Cathedrals, England.

1995
Several new anthems commissioned and performed by the choir of the Episcopal Church, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

First performance of Mass of Christ the King, at the Convocation of American Churches, Frankfurt. Commissioned by the Choir of the Episcopal Church, Frankfurt, Germany.

1996
First performance of King Henry VIII’s Apologia, a secular anthem commissioned by the choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. Written for the celebrations of the 450th anniversary of the foundation of Christ Church, Oxford. Premiered by the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, directed by Stephen Darlington.

First performance of Veni Sancte Spiritus (anthem for upper voices and organ) by the Choir of Salisbury Cathedral, directed by Richard Seal.

First liturgical performance of the Evening Canticles – Whitchurch, by the choir of Winchester Cathedral, directed by David Hill

1997
Evening Canticles – Aedes Christi
. Commissioned and premiered by Stephen Darlington and the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford.

1998
The Evening Canticles – Whitchurch performed by the Choir of St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, Glasgow, directed by Fridrik Walker.

Anthem Laudem Dicite performed at the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, and the Episcopal Church of St Paul, Rome, by the Choir of the Episcopal Church, Frankfurt, directed by Kathleen Berthold.

Creator of the Starry Height. Carol commissioned and performed by the Choir of St Edward’s School, Oxford, directed by Anthony Kerr-Dineen.

1999
The Salisbury Responses. Commissioned and premiered by the Choir of Salisbury Cathedral, directed by Simon Lole.

Missa Magdalenensis. Commissioned and premiered by the Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford,

2000
Te Deum – Aedis Christi
. Commissioned and premiered by the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, directed by Stephen Darlington; (David Goode, organ).

Hymns of the Cherubim. Introit anthem commissioned by the Southern Cathedrals’ Festival, for the choirs of Salisbury, Winchester, and Chichester Cathedrals. Directed by Simon Lole and Sarah Baldock.

Recording of Three Christmas Carols, by the Oxford Girls’ Choir, for Classic FM, directed by Richard Vendome

2001
Series of anthems performed by the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral Oxford, prior to recording of a complete CD. (Commercially released in 2002 by Quilisma). Directed by Stephen Darlington; (Clive Driskill-Smith, organ).

2002
First performance of Phos Hilaron (anthem) commissioned by the City of Oxford Choir, directed by Peter Leech. (Subsequently recorded and commercially released on CD, by Parish Records).

First performances of the Glasgow Anthems ; five new anthems commissioned by the Episcopal Cathedral of St Mary, Glasgow, in celebration of the re-dedication and restoration of the cathedral. One anthem subsequently performed at the St Magnus Festival, Orkney, directed by Fridrik Walker.

Veni Sancte Spiritus performed by the Cathedral Choir in Sheffield Cathedral, directed by Neil Taylor.

On Hearing the Oxford Bells at Eventide (for Narrator and Orchestra), commissioned and premiered by the Oxford Orchestra da Camera in the Sheldonion Theatre, Oxford. Featured on Classic FM. Conducted by Howard Williams.

First performance of the St Paul’s Evening Canticles, commissioned and premiered by the Choir of St Paul’s Cathedral, London, directed by John Scott.

2003
Recording of For Lo, The Days Come, an anthem commissioned by the Arcadian Singers of Oxford University, directed by Matthew O’Donovan. CD commercially released on the Lammas label.

First performance of Five Elizabethan Lyrics at the Jacqueline du Pre Concert Hall, Oxford. Commissioned and premiered by the Clerks of Christ Church, Oxford. Subsequently performed by them at the Newbury Spring Festival.

First performance of Eternall Lyght Doth Nowe Appeare by the Bristol Bach Choir, who commissioned the work. Directed by Peter Leech.

2004
Recording for CD of Five Elizabethan Lyrics by the Clerks of Christ Church, Oxford, released commercially on the SOMM label.

First performance of anthems by the Choir of St Michael’s Cathedral, Bridgetown, Barbados, broadcast on CBC. Directed by John Bryan.

Two one-hour broadcasts of works recorded on CD, on the StarCom network.

Those Who Follow first performed by the Choir of Magdalen College, Oxford, directed by Grayston Ives

2005
Drop thy Still Dews
and Hymn to the Virgin performed and broadcast by the Choir of St Michael’s Cathedral, Bridgetown, Barbados, directed by John Bryan.

2006
First performance of Come, My Beloved by the Choir of Lincoln College, Oxford, who commissioned the work. Recorded for commercial release on the Herald label.

Palm Sunday Processional broadcast on PBS in the USA, performed by Clive Driskill-Smith

First performance of Two Anthems for Lower Voices, commissioned by the Gentlemen of the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, and premiered by them at ChristChurch Cathedral, New Zealand.

Commercial release of the CD containing Come My Beloved, on the Herald label. Performed by the choir of Lincoln College, Oxford.

2007
Veni Sancte Spiritus
performed by the Choir of Birmingham Cathedral, directed by Marcus Huxley.

Performance of the Short Liturgical Interlude in G Minor before broadcast of Choral Evensong on BBC Radio 3 from Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford.

2008
First performance by Clive Driskill-Smith of Sonata for Organ at St John’s Smith Square, London.

Commercial release of CD, on the Herald label, comprising Organ music by R.A. Pantcheff, including the Sonata for Organ, and the 12 Short Interludes for Organ. (Clive Driskill-Smith, organ).

First performances of Evening Hymn, and Spirit of Mercy, by the Chamber Choir of South Africa, directed by Michael Dingaan.

Numerous anthems and canticles broadcast, together with two interviews, on Classic FM.

Adam Lay Y Bounden performed by the Chanticleer Singers at Holy Trinity Church, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, broadcast on SAfm on Christmas Day, directed by Richard Cock.

Appointed Composer in Residence to the Chamber Choir of South Africa.

2009
Spirit of Mercy
performed by the Chamber Choir of South Africa at Regina Mundi Church, Soweto, South Africa. Subsequently performed at the ZK Matthews Great Hall, The University of South Africa, Pretoria. Directed by Michael Dingaan.

Sonata for Organ : First US Performance, in Atlanta, Georgia, by Clive Driskill-Smith,

Spirit of Mercy : performed by the Chamber Choir of South Africa, directed by Michael Dingaan, at the Ceremony for the Official Inauguration of the new President of South Africa. Subsequently performed at City Hall, Johannesburg; the ZK Matthews Hall, Pretoria (at the ISCM New Music Festival); the Myriam Makeba Hall, Pretoria; and the Classic FM Soiree at Summer Place, Johannesburg.

Requiem given its world premiere by the Chamber Choir of South Africa and the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra at the Linder Auditorium, Johannesburg. Performed again by the same forces at the ZK Matthews Great Hall, The University of South Africa, Pretoria. Directed by Michael Dingaan.

12 Short Interludes for Organ : world premiere at the Annual Festival of New Organ Music in London, performed by Iain Farrington on the Rieger Organ of St Marylebone Parish Church.

Three Short Anthems (from 2003) premiered by the Chamber Choir of South Africa at the Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg. Directed by Michael Dingaan.

African Christmas premiered by the Chanticleer Singers, directed by Richard Cock, at Holy Trinity Church, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, and broadcast on Christmas Day on SAfm.

2010
Evening Canticles
Alderney and Palms of Glory given their first complete performances at St George’s Church, Johannesburg, under the auspices of the RSCM. Conducted by the composer.

Diptych for Derek Cooper premiered by the composer on the organ of the City Hall, Johannesburg,

Spirit of Mercy performed by the Chamber Choir of South Africa at the Cape Festival of Voices, and broadcast on ZDF Arte (German Television) on 13th June, to co-incide with the opening of the FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Broadcast on Norwegian TV in October 2010. Directed by Michael Dingaan

Sonata for Violin and Organ, premiered by the work’s dedicatees, Zanta Hofmeyer (Violin) and Wim Viljoen (Organ) at the Universiteitsoord Church, Pretoria, South Africa.

African-Caribbean Elegy, and Paternoster, both for unaccompanied SATB choir, premiered by the Chamber Choir of South Africa at the Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa. Directed by Michael Dingaan.

What Child is This? performed by the Chanticleer Singers directed by Richard Cock at Holy Trinity Church, Braamfontein, Johannesburg. Broadcast by SAfm on Christmas Day.

2011
Mass for St Peter
premiered by Simon Lindley and the Choir of Leeds Parish Church (Alan Horsey, Organ) in Leeds Parish Church.

Jane Parker-Smith premieres the Prelude and Fugue (The Phoenix of Johannesburg) at the organ of the ZK Matthews Great Hall, UNISA, Pretoria; and the Suite on South African Folk Tunes, with Jevon O’Donovan (Trumpet), at the organ of the ‘Irene’ Dutch Reformed Church, Johannesburg,

Commercial release of CD, on the Herald label, comprising the organ music of Richard Pantcheff, including the Suite for Organ, and the Diptych for Derek Cooper. Iain Farrington plays the Marcussen organ in the chapel of Tonbridge School, Kent, England.

Evening Canticles – Frankfurt premiered by the combined choirs of Christ Church, Pretoria, and St George’s Church, Johannesburg, South Africa. George King (organ), conducted by the composer.

Sonata for Violin and Organ : UK premiere by Magnus Johnston (Violin) and Christian Wilson (Organ) at St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge, London.

2012
Phos Hilaron
performed by the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, directed by Stephen Layton.

Suite for Organ world premiere given by Clive Driskill-Smith on the organ of Leeds Great Town Hall as part of the Leeds International Concert Series.

String Quartet premiered by the Goldberg Quartet at the inaugural recital of the Rand Club Chamber Music Series, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Missa Brevis, and Bless Thou the Lord, O my Soul premiered by the Choir of St George’s Church, Johannesburg and the Chamber Choir of South Africa, at the dedication of the new Rieger organ at St George’s Church, Johannesburg.

Sonata for Violin and Organ (First Movement) played by Zanta Hofmeyr and Wil Viljoen at the inauguration of the new Rieger organ at St George’s Anglican Church, Johannesburg.

Easter Introit performed by the Choir of St Pancras Parish Church, London, directed by Christopher Batchelor, at the opening service of the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music.

Sonata for Bassoon and Piano premiered by members of the Laurellin Trio (Penelope Ives, Bassoon; and Annika Burke, Piano) at the Chamber Music Series of the Rand Club, Johannesburg.

2013
Easter Anthems
specially commissioned and premiered by the Royal School of Church Music, South Africa, at St George’s Anglican Church, Johannesburg.

Four Poems of Stephen Crane commissioned by the Rand Club Chamber Music Series, and first performed by four vocal scholars from the Royal Academy of Music, London, at the Rand Club, Johannesburg

What Shall We Offer Thee ?, anthem for SATB choir and piano, premiered by four vocal soloists from the Royal Academy of Music, London, at the 2013 Wakkerstroom Music Festival, in South Africa.

Psalm Prelude, for Organ and Strings. Premiered by Theo van Wyk (organ) and the Goldberg String Quartet at St George’s Anglican Church, Johannesburg, on Easter Day.

Ex Ore Innocentium. Commissioned for the 2013 London Festival of Contemporary Church Music, and first performed in May 2013, by the Choir of St Pancras Church, London, directed by Christopher Batchelor

Chorale Sonata (in the version for Violoncello and Piano) premiered by Susan Mouton and Annelien Ball at the Rand Club Chamber Music Series, on 21st July 2013.

Passacaglia on a Theme of Benjamin Britten. Premiered in Essen Cathedral, Germany, by Jane Parker-Smith in September 2013.

2014
Rise, heart, thy Lord is risen. Commissioned for the 2014 London Festival of Contemporary Church Music, and first performed in May 2014 by the choir of St. Pancras Church, London, at the National Gallery, London.

Evening Canticles – Frankfurt. Premiered by The English Choir, Berlin, at the Schloss-Kirche Wittenberg, and then performed again at the Kaiserdom, Berlin, in June 2014.

Nocturnus I-IV. Four works for chamber forces. Premiered variously at the Rand Club Chamber Music Series and the Wakkerstroom Music Festival in February, March, and April 2014.

Veni Sancte Spiritus. Premiere of the version for Soprano Solo, Viola, and Organ, in Grahamstown Cathedral, South Africa, in October 2014.

Two Descants. The first premiered in Kimberley Cathedral, South Africa in July 2014. The second premiered in the Kaiserdom, Berlin, in April 2014.

King Henry VIII’s Apologia. Performed by the Choir of the 21st Century on 27th September 2014, conducted by Howard Williams, as part of the 80th birthday celebrations of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.

Twelve Anglo Saxon Sentences. Premiered at the inaugural concert of the St. George’s Chamber Choir, Johannesburg, South Africa, in December 2014.

2015

Fantasia 150. Performed in May 2015 by Christian Wilson on the organ of the University Chapel at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Sonata for Violin and Organ. Performed in May 2015 at the English Music Festival, by Rupert Marshall-Luck (Violin) and Duncan Honeybourne (Organ).

Rex Gloriae. Commissioned for, and premiered at, the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music, with the choir of St. Pancras Church, London, conducted by Christopher Batchelor. Broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. May 2015.

A Prayer of St. Columba. UK premiere in June 2015 by the Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge, conducted by Mark Williams.

Sonata for Violin and Organ. Appears on CD entitled ‘King of Instruments, Instrument of Kings’, and becomes Classic FM disc of the week.

Suite – King Richard III. Premiered in September 2015 at the English Music Festival in Yorkshire, by the work’s dedicatee, Rupert Marshall-Luck.

Nocturnus III. Performed in November 2015 by the Umoya Ensemble at St. George’s Anglican Church, Johannesburg, South Africa, as part of the Rand Club Chamber Music Series.

2016

4th November : Introduction and Allegro (Opus 97) received its world premiere, performed by Miro Chakaryan (Violin) and Wessel Beukes (Violoncello) at St. George’s Anglican Church, Johannesburg, as part of the Rand Club Chamber Music Series.

17th November : Fantasia 150 received its US premiere, performed by Professor Theo van Wyk at the Organ of the University of North Texas.

 

 

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