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
Rutter: Requiem, Five Anthems / Seelig, Turtle Creek Chorale
Release Date: 12/17/1993   Label: Reference Recordings  
Catalog: 57   Number of Discs: 1
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    Six Songs of Innocence / Culo, Knabenchor collegium iuvenum Stuttgart
    Label: Rondeau Productions   Catalog: 6120 Release Date: 06/10/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gregor Hubner,  Knut Nystedt,  John Rutter,  Sherri Porterfield  ... 
    Performer:  Jakob Thier
    Conductor:  Michael Čulo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Iuvenum,  Sirius Quartet
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  • 2.
    Rutter: Psalmfest / Lucas, Choirs of St. Albans, Royal Philharmonic
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573394 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Rutter
    Performer:  Pascal Charbonneau,  Elizabeth Cragg,  Mike Allen,  Tom Winpenny
    Conductor:  Andrew Lucas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  St. Alban's Cathedral Choir,  St. Alban's Abbey Girls Choir
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    Viri Galilaei: Favourite Anthems from Merton / Choir of Merton College
    Label: Delphian   Catalog: 34174 Release Date: 02/26/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jonathan Dove,  Thomas Tallis,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Thomas Morley  ... 
    Conductor:  Benjamin Nicholas,  Peter Phillips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Merton College Choir
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  • 4.
    Bushes & Briars: Folk-songs For Choirs Books 1 & 2
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1606 Release Date: 02/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Rutter,  Traditional,  John Byrt,  Sir David Willcocks  ... 
    Performer:  Michael [Bass Vocal] Popplewell,  Karen [Soprano Vocal] Lukose,  David Hartley,  David [Tenor Vocal] Hunt  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Hunt
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  • 5.
    Voice & Verse / Moore, Choir of Wakefield Cathedral
    Label: The Priory   Catalog: 1143 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles H. Parry,  Howard Goodall,  John Rutter,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Simon Earl,  Akhilesh Gairola,  Thomas Moore,  Molly Cochrane  ... 
    Conductor:  Thomas Moore
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wakefield Cathedral Choir
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  • 6.
    Carols with St Paul's Cathedral Choir / Carwood
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002405602 Release Date: 11/20/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Henry John Gauntlett,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Graham J. Ellis  ... 
    Performer:  Simon Johnson
    Conductor:  Andrew Carwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul's Cathedral Choir
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  • 7.
    Rutter: Gift of Life / Cambridge Singers
    Label: Collegium Records   Catalog: 138 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Rutter
    Conductor:  John Rutter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cambridge Singers
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  • 8.
    Yulefest!
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 68087 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  James Pierpont,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Gustav Holst,  Irving Berlin  ... 
    Performer:  Hiroshi [Tenor Vocal] Amako,  Faith [Soprano Vocal] Waddell,  Cameron [Tenor Vocal] Richardson-Eames,  Anna Cavaliero  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Layton
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    Jul Med Adventsangerne
    Label: Bergen Digital Studio   Catalog: 7039 Release Date: 10/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Max Reger,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Adventsangerne,  Njal Sparbo,  Bodil [Soprano Vocal] Arnesen,  Harald Gullichsen
    Conductor:  Sverre Valen
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  • 10.
    Dancing Day: Music For Christmas
    Label: Resonus Classics   Catalog: 10158 Release Date: 10/02/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Matthew Martin,  Patrick Hadley,  Benjamin Britten,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Buzard,  Benjamin Sheen,  Sara Cutler,  John Dominick Mignardi  ... 
    Conductor:  John Scott
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    Hope
    Label: Summit Records   Catalog: 663 Release Date: 09/04/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Mrs. Walter G. Taylor,  Tim Zimmerman,  William G. Fischer  ... 
    Performer:  The King's Brass,  Tim Zimmerman,  Samuel Metzger
    Conductor:  Tim Zimmerman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Brass
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    Choral Masterpieces
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 2564614351 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Gregorio Allegri  ... 
    Performer:  Gerald Finley,  David Bell,  Robert Tear,  John Shirley-Quirk  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Stephen Cleobury,  Franz Welser-Möst  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Academy of Ancient Music,  Philip Jones Brass Ensemble
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  • 13.
    Candlelight Carols - Music for Chorus & Harp / Kerrod, Quigley, Seraphic Fire
    Label: Seraphic Fire Media   Catalog: 14 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Thomas,  John Rutter,  Francis Poulenc,  Gustav Holst  ... 
    Performer:  Jacqueline Kerrod
    Conductor:  Patrick Dupré Quigley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seraphic Fire
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  • 14.
    Favourite Carols From King's / King's College Choir
    Label: King's College Choir   Catalog: 7 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry John Gauntlett,  Harold Edwin Darke,  John Francis Wade,  Traditional  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
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    The Wonder of Christmas / Elora Festival Singers
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573421 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry John Gauntlett,  Traditional,  Benjamin Britten,  Benjamin Russell Hanby  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Bloss
    Conductor:  Noel Edison
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Elora Festival Singers
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    There Is No Rose /	Les Sirenes
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 6249 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten,  Tarik O'Regan,  Traditional,  Gustav Holst  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Sirčnes
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    Christmas Carols / Knabenchor Hannover, London Brass
    Label: Rondeau Productions   Catalog: 7017 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Byrd,  Anonymous,  Thomas Weelkes,  Herbert Howells  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Brass,  Hannover Boys' Choir
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  • 18.
    Lux de Caelo - Music for Christmas / Choir of Clare College Cambridge
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 907615 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten,  William Mathias,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Ralph Vaughan Williams  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Harrison,  Helen [Soprano Vocal] Lilley,  Nils [Tenor Vocal] Greenhow,  Sophie [Soprano Vocal] Horrocks  ... 
    Conductor:  Graham Ross
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Clare College Choir,  Dmitri Ensemble
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  • 19.
    James Galway - The Complete RCA Album Collection
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 302633 Release Date: 09/16/2014   Number of Discs: 73
    Composer:  Arthur Smith,  Various,  Traditional,  Stan Lebowsky  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  Sylvia,  Marisa Robles,  Phillip Moll  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jörg Faerber,  Eduardo Mata  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Galway Pops Orchestra  ... 
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  • 20.
    A Double Celebration / Rutter, Cambridge Singers
    Label: Collegium Records   Catalog: 137 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John Amner,  Anonymous,  Thomas Tallis,  Orlando Gibbons  ... 
    Performer:  Mark Williams,  Mark Padmore,  Donna Deam,  Frances Jellard  ... 
    Conductor:  John Rutter,  John Birch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia,  BBC Concert Orchestra  ... 
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  • 21.
    Der Musikalische Adventskalender
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93322 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Reger,  Joseph Rheinberger,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Colin Mawby  ... 
    Performer:  Lajos Lencsés,  Thomas Hammes,  Gaby Pas-Van Riet,  Sophie Hallynck  ... 
    Conductor:  Marcus Creed,  Thomas Hopp,  Matthias Bartsch,  Anne Kohler  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Southwest German Radio Vocal Ensemble,  St. Quintin Choir,  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 22.
    El Sistema at Salzburg Festival / Rattle, National Children's Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 716908 Release Date: 07/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  George Gershwin,  Leonard Bernstein,  Johann Strauss Sr.  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Jesús Parra
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Children's Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela,  White Hands Choir of Venezuela
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  • 23.
    El Sistema At Salzburg Festival / Rattle, National Children's Symphony Orchestra Of Venezuela [blu-ray]
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 717004 Release Date: 07/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  George Gershwin,  Leonard Bernstein,  Johann Strauss Sr.  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Jesús Parra
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Children's Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela,  White Hands Choir of Venezuela
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  • 24.
    Celebration Of The Spirit [united Classics]
    Label: United Classics   Catalog: 2013021 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  John Rutter,  Benjamin Britten,  Michael Tippett
    Performer:  Rachel Masters,  Jonathan Brown
    Conductor:  Timothy Brown
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wallace Collection (Brass Ensemble)
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  • 25.
    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 Pierpont  ... 
    Performer:  Albrecht Mayer,  Beni Araki
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
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