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
Christmas Night - Carols of the Nativity / Rutter, Cambridge Singers, City of London Sinfonia
Release Date: 11/06/2020   Label: Collegium Records  
Catalog: 526   Number of Discs: 1
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Christmas Star & A Christmas Festival / Rutter, Cambridge Singers
Release Date: 11/19/2013   Label: Collegium Records  
Catalog: 306   Number of Discs: 2
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A Christmas Festival / Rutter, RPO, Cambridge Singers
Release Date: 10/14/2008   Label: Collegium Records  
Catalog: 133   Number of Discs: 1
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O Praise The Lord of Heaven - Music of Rejoicing & Reflection by John Rutter
Release Date: 09/24/2013   Label: Collegium Records  
Catalog: 522   Number of Discs: 1
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Rutter: A Song in Season / Cambridge Singers, Royal Philharmonic
Release Date: 10/12/2010   Label: Collegium Records  
Catalog: 135   Number of Discs: 1
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    Christmas Night - Carols of the Nativity / Rutter, Cambridge Singers, City of London Sinfonia
    Label: Collegium Records   Catalog: 526 Release Date: 11/06/2020   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Boris Ord,  Herbert Howells,  Harold Edwin Darke  ... 
    Performer:  Nicholas Sears,  Ruth Holton,  Gerald Finley
    Conductor:  John Rutter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
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    A Winter's Night / Ionascu, Onyx Brass
    Label: Signum Classics   Catalog: 646 Release Date: 08/21/2020   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Cecilia McDowall,  Sir Philip Ledger,  Ralph Vaughan Williams  ... 
    Performer:  Benjamin Cunningham,  Sebastian Guard
    Conductor:  Howard Ionascu
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Onyx Brass,  Winchester College Chapel Choir
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    A Choral Journey Through The Ages / Cambridge King's College Choir
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 529933 Release Date: 07/31/2020   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Anonymous,  William Byrd,  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Graham-Campbell,  Sarah Fox,  Deborah Norman,  Nico de Gier  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury,  Sir David Willcocks,  Sir Philip Ledger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Academy of Ancient Music,  Bach Choir  ... 
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    Mirabile Mysterium: Choral Music for Christmas / Jung, Saxon Vocal Ensemble
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 555318 Release Date: 05/29/2020   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Isaac,  Johannes Eccard,  Günter Raphael,  Andreas Hammerschmidt  ... 
    Conductor:  Matthias Jung
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saxon Vocal Ensemble
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    Festival of Carols / Stark, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra & Symphonic Choir
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8579065 Release Date: 11/08/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lowell Mason,  William Mathias,  David Foster,  Rob Swenson  ... 
    Performer:  Sylvia McNair,  David Duncan,  Sherry Stark
    Conductor:  Eric Stark
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Indianapolis Symphonic Choir,  Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra
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    Christmas / Gesualdo Six
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 68299 Release Date: 11/01/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Michael Praetorius,  Jonathan Harvey,  Thomas Tallis  ... 
    Conductor:  Owain Park
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gesualdo Six
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    Choral Collection
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8503298 Release Date: 10/25/2019   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Alexander Agricola,  Kim Andre Arnesen,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Alicia Rigsby,  Beryl Fanslow,  Sara Michael,  Juliane Dowell  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Posch,  Joel Rinsema,  Hilary Davan Wetton,  Marin Alsop  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Unicorn,  Kantorei,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Now May We Singen / Garrard, Bloor, Choir of Westminster School
    Label: Signum Classics   Catalog: 595 Release Date: 09/20/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Matthew Martin,  Judith Weir,  Henry John Gauntlett,  James MacMillan  ... 
    Conductor:  Timothy Garrard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Choir
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    A Christmas Wish / Johansson, Gothenburg Youth Choir
    Label: Footprint Records   Catalog: 102 Release Date: 01/04/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sven Körling,  Traditional,  Thord Gummesson,  Benjamin Britten  ... 
    Performer:  William Tarrach,  Simon Mare,  Erik Groenestein-hendriks,  André Strömberg  ... 
    Conductor:  Anne Johansson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Youth Choir
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    The Mystery of Christmas / ORA Singers
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 905305 Release Date: 11/16/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Byrd,  Adrian Peacock,  Roderick Williams,  Judith Weir  ... 
    Conductor:  Suzi Digby
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORA
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  • 11.
    My Playlist for the Nativity
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578348 Release Date: 11/09/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Rutter,  Traditional,  Witold Lutoslawski,  Joaquin Rodrigo  ... 
    Performer:  Martin Ford,  Bo Westman,  Artur Pizarro,  Tobias Sjogren  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeremy Backhouse,  Antoni Wit,  Jerker Johansson,  Peter Breiner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vasari Singers,  Leif Strands Ladies Choir,  Jönköping Sinfonietta  ... 
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    Christmas Lullaby / Culo, Stuttgart Collegium iuvenum Boys' Choir
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83494 Release Date: 10/19/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bartholomäus Gesius,  Traditional,  Michael Culo,  Johannes Weyrauch  ... 
    Performer:  Antal Váradi,  Julie Stewart-Lafin,  Kirsty Wilson
    Conductor:  Michael Culo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Collegium Iuvenum
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    Christmas With Sonoro / Ferris, Higgins
    Label: Resonus Classics   Catalog: 10226 Release Date: 10/05/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Malcolm Archer,  Cecilia McDowall,  Paul Spicer,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Higgins
    Conductor:  Neil Ferris
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sonoro
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    Farewell To Cambridge / Choir Of King's College Cambridge
    Label: King's College Choir   Catalog: 31 Release Date: 01/26/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Rutter,  Henry John Gauntlett,  Traditional,  William James Kirkpatrick  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
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    Gold / The King's Singers
    Label: Signum Classics   Catalog: 500 Release Date: 11/03/2017   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Robert Chilcott,  John Lennon,  Frances,  Kidjo Angelique  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The King's Singers
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    O Holy Night: A Merton Christmas
    Label: Delphian   Catalog: 34192 Release Date: 10/20/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Rutter,  Elisabeth Poston,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Hector Berlioz  ... 
    Performer:  Sir David Willcocks,  Alexander Little,  Peter Shepherd,  Oliver Kelham  ... 
    Conductor:  Benjamin Nicholas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra,  Oxford Merton College Choir
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    In dulci jubilo / London Brass
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 1564143 Release Date: 10/06/2017  
    Composer:  Traditional,  George Frideric Handel,  John Rutter,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Brass
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    Bushes & Briars: Folk-songs For Choirs Books 1 & 2
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1606 Release Date: 09/18/2017   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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  • 19.
    The Complete Argo Recordings / The Choir of St. John's College Cambridge, Guest
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4831252 Release Date: 06/23/2017   Number of Discs: 42
    Composer:  Otto Goldschmidt,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Alastair Roberts,  Peter White,  George Guest,  Richard Lewis  ... 
    Conductor:  George Guest
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St. John's College Choir,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  London Brass  ... 
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    Rutter: Magnificat / Forbes, Cambridge Singers, City of London Sinfonia
    Label: Collegium Records   Catalog: 401 Release Date: 05/19/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Rutter
    Performer:  Patricia Forbes
    Conductor:  John Rutter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia,  Cambridge Singers
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  • 21.
    Jubilate: 500 Years of Cathedral Music / Carwood, Jones, St. Paul's Cathedral Choir
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002645602 Release Date: 04/07/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Charles Villiers Stanford,  Thomas Weelkes  ... 
    Performer:  Simon Johnson,  Aled Jones
    Conductor:  Andrew Carwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul's Cathedral Choir,  Cathedral Choristers Of Britain
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    A New Heaven / Rees, Choir of The Queen's College, Oxford
    Label: Signum Classics   Catalog: 475 Release Date: 03/03/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  James MacMillan,  William Henry Harris,  Rihards Dubra,  Edgar Bainton  ... 
    Conductor:  Owen Rees
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Queen's College Choir
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    Songs from Assisi / Friar Alessandro
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002632702 Release Date: 02/24/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  César Franck,  Daniel L. Schutte,  Donovan Leitch,  John Newton  ... 
    Performer:  Friar Alessandro,  Steven Baker
    Conductor:  Sally Herbert,  Guido Rimonda,  Isobel Griffiths
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Studio Orchestra,  Coro,  Camerata Ducale
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    Carols from Chelsea / Vann, Orford, Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea
    Label: Somm   Catalog: 0161 Release Date: 11/18/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Henry John Gauntlett,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  James Orford,  Eloise Irving,  Thomas Stoddart,  Angus McPhee  ... 
    Conductor:  William Vann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chelsea Royal Hospital Chapel Choir
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    Christmas at Norwich / Grote, Dunnett, Choir of Norwich Cathedral
    Label: Proprius-audiosource   Catalog: PRCD1148 Release Date: 11/18/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry John Gauntlett,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Traditional,  Henry Walford Davies  ... 
    Performer:  David Dunnett,  Ashley Grote
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwich Cathedral Choir
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