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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

In 2020 he arranged some of his best-loved choral works for solo piano, recorded in a new collection released by Decca Records. The John Rutter Piano Album and Christmas Piano Album, published digitally and in print by OUP, present a mixture of his most well-known pieces, such as ‘The Lord Bless you and Keep You’, as well as newer compositions including ‘Christ our Emmanuel’, and a newly composed ‘Epilogue’ to ‘Mary’s Lullaby’. The John Rutter Piano Collection, recorded by Wayne Marshall, was released by Decca Records on 20th November 2020.

In December 2020, the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra recorded a special concert, featuring a world premiere of a new piece by John Rutter, ‘Joseph’s Carol’, performed by bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel, the Choir of Merton College and The Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, as a thank you and tribute to the work of the Oxford COVID vaccine team. John Rutter said: ‘I am delighted to have been invited to contribute to this celebration, which expresses in music the gratitude we all feel in our hearts. As always, music goes beyond words.’

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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