John Rutter

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Born: September 24, 1945; London, England  
John Rutter is one of England's best-known composers of the late twentieth century, as well as a widely respected choral conductor and music scholar and editor. While his choral works (including the Te Deum, Magnificat, and Requiem) are the most familiar, he has also written instrumental works, including a piano concerto, the Suite Antique for flute, harpsichord, and strings, and two children's operas.

Musically he could be characterized
Read more as a reactionary, as his works show very distinct influences from the past and show almost no signs of progressivism or even contemporary influences. He has a strong sense of the English musical traditions, and some of the more significant English musical influences on his work include Ralph Vaughn Williams, William Walton, and Benjamin Britten. Non-English influences include Fauré, Gregorian chant, and Bach, and his Suite Antique is a direct tribute to the Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, written for the same instruments and in the same style. However, his music's immediate accessibility, being both tuneful and expressive, and its wide general appeal have still earned him a place in the English musical tradition, though not the place of an innovator, and while he is most popular in England and the United States, his music is performed worldwide.

He began his musical career as a member of the Highgate School chorus, continued to study organ, and went on to Cambridge University, where he studied at Clare College. At the age of 30, in 1975, he returned to Clare, where he was director of music. In 1979, however, he left the position in order to give more attention to composing and to conducting, though he still contributed to the study of choral music, acting as an editor in the Carols for Choirs and Oxford Choral Classics series. He formed the Cambridge Singers in 1981, though once they were established as a leading chamber choir, he left off leadership of the group, again in order to concentrate on composing and conducting. In 1985, his Requiem had its first performance, followed in 1990 by his Magnificat and his 1993 Psalmfest. In 1996, he was awarded a Lambeth Doctorate of Music by the Archbishop of Canterbury, for his services to church music. In addition to all of these activities, he manages a CD label, Collegium Records, largely devoted to his own music. This was more or less by chance; he had no intention of doing so until an established label offered him a contract; the terms struck him as being so unsatisfactory that he decided to do it himself. Read less
On Christmas Night / Nethsingha, Choir of St. John's
Release Date: 10/25/2011   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 5096   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 1.
    Celebration Of The Spirit
    Label: United Classics   Catalog: 2013021 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  John Rutter,  Benjamin Britten,  Michael Tippett
    Performer:  Jonathan Brown,  Rachel Masters
    Conductor:  Timothy Brown
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wallace Collection (Brass Ensemble)
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    Let It Snow / Mayer, King's Singers
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001966502 Release Date: 12/03/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jule Styne,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Michael Praetorius,  James S. Pierpont  ... 
    Performer:  Albrecht Mayer,  Beni Araki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
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    Rutter: Christmas Star And A Christmas Festival
    Label: Collegium Records   Catalog: 306 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Traditional,  Lowell Mason,  William J. Kirkpatrick,  Mel Torme  ... 
    Performer:  Andrew Williams,  Andrew Williams,  Melanie Marshall,  Clara Sanabras  ... 
    Conductor:  John Rutter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  Cambridge Symphony Orchestra,  Farnham Youth Choir  ... 
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    Britten: A Ceremony of Carols; Rutter: Dancing Day / Stefansson, Waage, Graduale Nobili
    Label: Smekkleysa   Catalog: 19 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten,  John Rutter
    Conductor:  Jón Stefánsson,  Elísabet Waage
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Graduale Nobili
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    My Spirit Sang All Day
    Label: Atoll Records (New Zealand)   Catalog: 105 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gerald Finzi,  James Erb,  John Rutter,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Claire Caldwell,  John Wells,  Maugapaia Ropeti-Lupeli,  Patrick Tanielu
    Conductor:  Terence Maskell
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    Joy To The World: An American Christmas
    Label: Coro   Catalog: 16117 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Jacob Niles,  Morten Lauridsen,  Lowell Mason,  Richard Storrs Willis  ... 
    Performer:  Sonja DuToit Tengblad,  Thomas Armstrong,  Woodrow Bynum,  Stefan [Tenor (Vocal)] Reed
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Handel & Haydn Society
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    Veni Emmanuel /  Ross, Choir Of Clare College Cambridge
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 907579 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Herbert Howells,  Roderick Williams,  Michael Praetorius  ... 
    Performer:  Nicolas Haigh,  William McKie,  Gabrielle [Soprano (Vocal)] Haigh,  Stefan [Tenor Vocal] Kennedy  ... 
    Conductor:  Graham Ross
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Clare College Choir
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    Christmas From Magdalen College, Oxford
    Label: Gift Of Music   Catalog: 1268 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Villiers Stanford,  Richard Farrant,  Paul Manz,  Jonathan Dove  ... 
    Performer:  Benjamin Giddens,  Daniel Hyde
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    Glass, Rutter, Francaix: Harpsichord Concertos / Christopher Lewis
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573146 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Rutter,  Jean Françaix,  Philip Glass
    Performer:  Christopher D. Lewis
    Conductor:  Kevin Mallon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  West Side Chamber Orchestra
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  • 10.
    Let The Amen Sound
    Label: Mark   Catalog: 50772 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Brian Balmages,  David R. Holsinger,  John Rutter,  Travis Cross  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard R. Fischer
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    O Praise The Lord Of Heaven - Music Of Rejoicing & Reflection By John Rutter
    Label: Collegium Records   Catalog: 522 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Rutter
    Conductor:  John Rutter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers
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  • 12.
    English Choral Music Of The Twentieth Century
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1323 Release Date: 07/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Michael Tippett,  Sir William Walton,  William Henry Harris  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Farr
    Conductor:  Stephen Darlington
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  • 13.
    Jazz, Pop, Rock: Inspirations For Organ
    Label: Ligia   Catalog: 104240 Release Date: 07/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hans-André Stamm,  John Rutter,  Johannes Matthias Michel,  Karl Jenkins  ... 
    Performer:  Olivier Vernet
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  • 14.
    There Is No Rose: Musica Per Nadal
    Label: La Ma De Guido   Catalog: 2114 Release Date: 07/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten,  John Rutter
    Performer:  Esther Pinyol,  Feliu Ribera,  Ferran Carceller
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    Choirbook For The Queen
    Label: Priory Records   Catalog: 1178396 Release Date: 06/04/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Bedford,  Judith Bingham,  Diana Burrell,  Michael Finnissy  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Disley,  Micaela Haslam,  Jacqueline Fox,  Jennifer Adams-Barbaro  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
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  • 16.
    50 Best Chillout Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 332942 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Pachelbel,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Gregorio Allegri,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Gerald Finley,  Juliette Hurel,  Emmanuel Pahud,  Christopher Warren-Green  ... 
    Conductor:  Maurice Handford,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Stephen Cleobury,  Yannick Nézet-Séguin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork,  Ahn Trio,  Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic  ... 
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    Exultate Deo
    Label: Lir Classics   Catalog: 70026 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc,  Giovanni Palestrina,  Kenneth Leighton,  Henry Purcell  ... 
    Performer:  Andrew Arthur,  Alison Hill,  Sophie Jones,  Elizabeth Drury  ... 
    Conductor:  Colm Carey
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  • 18.
    Label: Net Fx   Catalog: 4780792 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robat Arwyn,  Karl Jenkins,  César Franck,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ... 
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  Rhys Meirion,  Aled Jones,  Dewi Ellis Jones  ... 
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    Essential 20th Century Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 234372 Release Date: 01/22/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Aram Khachaturian,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Performer:  Jacqueline Du Pré,  Cécile Ousset,  Peter Donohoe,  Stomu Yamashta  ... 
    Conductor:  André Previn,  Simon Rattle,  Yuri Temirkanov,  Sir John Barbirolli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Modern
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  • 20.
    Essential Choral
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 234422 Release Date: 01/22/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Heather Harper,  John Shirley-Quirk,  Robert Tear,  Peter Barley  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Sir David Willcocks,  Wolfgang Sawallisch  ... 
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  • 21.
    John Rutter - The Tewkesbury Collection
    Label: Delphian   Catalog: 34107 Release Date: 01/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Rutter
    Performer:  Carleton Etherington,  Gavin Wells,  Christopher Borrett,  Juliet Tomlinson  ... 
    Conductor:  Benjamin Nicholas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum
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  • 22.
    Classical Album 2013
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 1206561 Release Date: 11/27/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  André Rieu,  Paul Mealor,  Francesco Sartori,  Ennio Morricone  ... 
    Performer:  André Rieu,  Katherine Jenkins,  Russell Watson,  Milos Karadaglic  ... 
    Conductor:  Gareth Malone,  Barry Wordsworth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Escala
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  • 23.
    A Winter's Light / Backhouse, Vasari Singers
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573030 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Chilcott,  Traditional,  Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck,  Jan Sandstrom  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers
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    Christmas Spectacular / Hughes, 	Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra Brass And Percussion
    Label: Atoll Records (New Zealand)   Catalog: 342 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Rutter,  Traditional,  Sir David Willcocks,  John Wells  ... 
    Performer:  Musica [New Zealand] Sacra,  John [classical organ] Wells,  Indra Hughes,  Nicholas Forbes
    Conductor:  Indra Hughes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra Brass and Percussion
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    Rutter: Blessing / Catrin Finch
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001760602 Release Date: 11/06/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Rutter,  Catrin Finch,  Traditional
    Performer:  Catrin Finch,  Elin Manahan Thomas,  Louise Watson,  Kia Bennett
    Conductor:  John Rutter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Cymru
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