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REVIEWS of new CD - INTENSELY PLEASANT MUSIC: 7 Airs & Fantasias and other piano music by John Pitts, Pianist Steven Kings

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THE INDEPENDENT 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars "deftly impressive" Andy Gill

MUSICAL OPINION 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars "a sensitive and intelligent creative personality" Robert Matthew-Walker

INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW "…an overall idiom of considerable charm… 'Intensely pleasant music'? Most certainly." Calum MacDonald

REVIEWS NEW AGE 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars "Realmente un magnífico repertorio desbordante de calidad, belleza y de sumo interés." Alejandro Clavijo

MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL “This is a colorful and interesting set by a talented composer…. The playing by Steven Kings is technically and emotionally perfect." Oleg Ledeniov

MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL "brilliantly exciting"…"a colossal musical project that deserves admiration"…"Stunning and seriously impressive" John France

MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL "Exciting stuff all round - vital, energising, but sensitive when need be. Toes - prepare to tap." Jonathan Woolf

ALL MUSIC GUIDE 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars Stephen Eddins

PIANO PROFESSIONAL "great character and emotional integrity…a thoroughly worthwhile project" Mark Tanner

OPUSMUSICA "recomendable" Adolfo del Brezo

CLASSICALSOURCE "surely more than just 'intensely pleasant music'." Michael Darvell

VENUE 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars Paul Riley

CROSS RHYTHMS 9/10 "this album is beautiful, moving and relaxing" Andy Whitehead

MUSIC & VISION DAILY "The performances by Steven Kings are excellent … All [the pieces] are pleasing to hear and will be satisfying to play" Patric Standford

NEW CLASSICS "beautifully played"

JOHN PITTS, born 1976, has music degrees from Bristol and Manchester Universities, studying composition under Adrian Beaumont, Geoff Poole, John Casken and John Pickard, also receiving tuition from Raymond Warren and Robert Saxton, and briefly from Diana Burrell in a COMA scheme. In 2003 John won the Philharmonia Orchestra Martin Musical Scholarship Fund Composition Prize, his Piano Quartet being performed by the Fidelio Quartet in the final stage of the competition at the Royal Festival Hall, and subsequently in Nottingham, London and Oxford.

Typhus and Nuts & Bolts, two of his chamber pieces, have been shortlisted by the Society for the Promotion of New Music. He writes music for Christian worship, with two hymns on Naxos CDs recorded by his eldest brother composer Antony Pitts and TONUS PEREGRINUS, including one in Faber's The Naxos Book of Carols book. In 2006 Choir & Organ magazine commissioned I will raise him up at the last day for their new music series.

John has also written music for four plays and two short operatic works - Crossed Wires (Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 1997), and 3 Sliced Mice (commissioned by Five Brothers Pasta Sauces). John has conducted four Bristol Savoy Operatic Society productions, arranging Pirates of Penzance, Gondoliers and Iolanthe for small band.

He is one of the founding members of the Severnside Composers Alliance, and has had four pieces released on CDs on the Dunelm label. One reviewer wrote "This is lovely music to listen to and shows a deep absorption of earlier styles but with a large degree of originality added for good measure." Another wrote "I would have liked to hear more of this music." In 2009 the complete set of 7 Airs & Fantasias were released on an album receiving a 5 star review in Musical Opinion, 4 star reviews in the Independent, Venue Magazine and All Music Guide, and descriptions such as “stunning and seriously impressive”.

From January 2010 he became the Assistant Conductor of the Bristol Millennium Orchestra.


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