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John Rutter

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b. 1945

'The most successful and well-known composer of choral music in recent British history.'

BBC Music Magazine

'For the infectiousness of his melodic invention and consummate craftmanship, Rutter has few peers.'

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Composer News

John Rutter was recently awarded the European Church Music Prize 2019 from the German city of Schwäbisch Gmünd. John was commended for 'his great contributions to the field of clerical music: John Rutter is currently one of the most important and popular representatives of the genre. His personal style is unmistakable—a great melodic ingenuity, complex harmonies and rhythms give Rutter's church music a suggestive power that touches both professional and amateur ensembles alike.'

He has recently arranged eight of his best-loved choral works for solo piano, recorded in a new collection released on Decca Records.

Composer Biography

John Rutter studied music at Clare College, Cambridge and first came to notice as a composer and arranger of Christmas carols and other choral pieces during those early years; today his compositions, including such concert-length works as Requiem, Magnificat, Mass of the Children, The Gift of Life, and Visions are performed around the world.

John edits the Oxford Choral Classics series, and, with Sir David Willcocks, co-edited four volumes of Carols for Choirs. In 1983 he formed his own choir The Cambridge Singers, with whom he has made numerous recordings on the Collegium Records label, and he appears regularly in several countries as a guest conductor and choral ambassador.

John holds a Lambeth Doctorate in Music, and was awarded a CBE for services to music in 2007.

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