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Anthony Jennings

Anthony Jennings (1945-1995) was a musician of wide-ranging skill. He had a special contribution to make in the area of baroque performance and thoroughly explored the repertoire. Jennings played with authority based partly on a very solid grounding in baroque performance practice, but more particularly on superb musicianship.

Recordings featuring Anthony Jennings

Bach: Works for Harpsichord
Original works and transcriptions of Italian, German and French music.

MMT2024, Released 1998
 
Fantastic Musick for the Italian Harpsichord
Harpsichord music from the Baroque era

MMT2025, Released 1998
 

Biography

Anthony Jennings was born in Wellington, New Zealand, in 1945. Already identified in his school years as something of a prodigy, he was accompanying church services as an organist at eight years old and formed his own parish choir at the age of thirteen. He was in the first intake of performance music students at Victoria University of Wellington and graduated in 1966 with first-class honours in organ performance, having been taught by Maxwell Fernie.

While still a student Jennings was appointed organist and choirmaster at St. Peter’s Church, Wellington, and conducted the University Choir. He founded the ambitious Wellington Bach Choir which continues today. The youthful choir's presentations of baroque masterpieces (Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation, and Bach's B Minor Mass, St. John Passion and St. Matthew Passion) were a radical departure stylistically from the performances of the more established choirs.

In 1971, Jennings left Wellington on a Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council scholarship to study at the Brussels Conservatiore where, with Charles König as his teacher, he came properly into contact with the historical performance movement.

He completed the two-year course in a mere nine months (carrying off their Premier Prix and the Queen of Belgium’s gold medal) and undertook the postgraduate harpsichord course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. He then spent a year as deputy organist at the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St. Alban where Peter Hurford was Director of Music.

In 1974, a year after his return to New Zealand, he was appointed to a lectureship at Auckland University and became Director of Music at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Auckland. Jennings had a strong sense of the enduring value in a modern liturgy of the great musical achievements of the past. His teaching at Auckland University was similarly informed by personal conviction. Through his Auckland Concert (a baroque instrumental group) as well as through his music history lectures, Jennings had a major impact on many students. The fruits of all this are very evident in New Zealand music today. When he left Auckland to take up a position at the University of Newcastle in New South Wales, his departure was lamented by audiences and colleagues who realised that they had lost a uniquely talented musician.

Jennings had taken up a position of Director of Music at St James' Church in Sydney at the time of his sudden death in 1995.

His musical skills were wide-ranging. Jenning's performance of Messiaen organ works are remembered for their technical brilliance and power. In later years he rarely performed romantic or contemporary repertoire in public. This was a matter of personal choice: he realised he had a special contribution to make in the area of baroque performance. He thoroughly explored the repertoire and played with authority based partly on a very solid grounding in baroque performance practice, but more particularly on superb musicianship.



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