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: Visions & Requiem / Leong, Aurora Orchestra, Cambridge Singers
Release Date: 10/28/2016   Label: Collegium Records  
Catalog: 139   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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Christmas Night - Carols of the Nativity / Rutter
Release Date: 01/20/1993   Label: Collegium Records  
Catalog: 106   Number of Discs: 1
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Christmas with St. John's / Nethsingha, Choir of St. John's Cambridge
Release Date: 08/12/2016   Label: Signum U.k.  
Catalog: 458   Number of Discs: 1
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The John Rutter Christmas Album / The Cambridge Singers
Release Date: 09/24/2002   Label: Collegium Records  
Catalog: 510   Number of Discs: 1
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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: Priory Records   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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    A Wells Christmas / Owens, Wells Cathedral Choir
    Label: Resonus Classics   Catalog: 10176 Release Date: 11/11/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Andrew Carter,  Jefferson McConnaughey,  Sir David Willcocks  ... 
    Conductor:  Matthew Owens
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wells Cathedral Choir
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    My First Christmas Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578340 Release Date: 11/11/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry John Gauntlett,  John Carmichael,  John Henry Hopkins Jr.,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Stringer,  Raymond Johnston,  Mats Norrefalk,  Mats-Erik Björklund  ... 
    Conductor:  Donald Hunt,  Barry Wordsworth,  Antony Pitts,  Andrew Sackett  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Worcester Cathedral Choir,  BBC Concert Orchestra,  Tonus Peregrinus  ... 
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    On Christmas Night / Hyde, Williams, Choir of Magdalen College
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 9022 Release Date: 10/28/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christopher Steel,  Johannes Brahms,  Robin Nelson,  Richard Lloyd  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Lapwood,  Daniel Hyde,  William Fox,  Thomas Dixon  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Hyde
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    Rutter: Visions & Requiem / Leong, Aurora Orchestra, Cambridge Singers
    Label: Collegium Records   Catalog: 139 Release Date: 10/28/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Rutter
    Performer:  Kerson Leong,  Alice Halstead
    Conductor:  John Rutter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Temple Church Boys Choir,  Aurora Orchestra
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  • 7.
    A Caroling Christmas / Gloriae Dei Cantores
    Label: Solesmes   Catalog: 07 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ralph Hunter,  Gerald Near,  Dale Jergenson,  William Billings  ... 
    Performer:  Jay Humeston,  James E. Jordan Jr.,  David Chalmers,  Matthew Witter  ... 
    Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson,  Richard J. Pugsley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores,  Glorić Dei Artes Instrumental Ensemble,  Gloriae Dei Ringers  ... 
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    Song of the Nativity / Christophers, The Sixteen
    Label: Coro   Catalog: 16146 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Morten Lauridsen,  Howard Skempton,  Traditional,  Gabriel Jackson  ... 
    Performer:  Mark Dobell,  Ben Davies,  Julie Cooper,  Alexandra Kidgell  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers
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  • 9.
    Christmas 101
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002507302 Release Date: 09/23/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Traditional,  John Francis Wade,  William James Kirkpatrick  ... 
    Performer:  Sir Andrew Davis,  Simon Preston,  Harvey Alan,  David Corkhill  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks,  John Rutter,  Sir Neville Marriner,  John Eliot Gardiner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Cambridge King's College Choir,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    A Christmas Celebration / Bell, Halle Choirs
    Label: Hallé   Catalog: 7545 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nigel Hess,  Adolphe Adam,  John Gardner,  Traditional  ... 
    Conductor:  Mark Elder
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra,  Hallé Orchestra Chorus
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    Christmas with St. John's / Nethsingha, Choir of St. John's Cambridge
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 458 Release Date: 08/12/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Chilcott,  Traditional,  William Mathias,  Cecilia McDowall  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Nethsingha
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge St. John's College Choir
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  • 12.
    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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    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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  • 14.
    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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  • 15.
    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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    In Dulci Jubilo / Thevenot, Cathedral of St. John Choir, Albuquerque
    Label: Raven Recordings   Catalog: 974 Release Date: 02/09/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Harold Drake,  Andrew Carter,  John Tavener  ... 
    Performer:  Maxine Thévenot,  Edmund Connolly
    Conductor:  Maxine Thévenot
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    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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  • 18.
    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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  • 19.
    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,  Cameron [Tenor Vocal] Richardson-Eames,  Anna Cavaliero,  Faith [Soprano Vocal] Waddell  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Layton
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  • 20.
    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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  • 21.
    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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  • 22.
    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:  Samuel Metzger,  Tim Zimmerman,  The King's Brass
    Conductor:  Tim Zimmerman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Brass
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  • 23.
    Light of Gold: Cappella SF Christmas
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3485 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Michael Praetorius,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Benjamin Britten  ... 
    Performer:  Emma Quinn,  Alexandra Sessler,  Jonathan Dimmock,  Danielle [Mezzo-Soprano Vocal] Sampson  ... 
    Conductor:  Ragnar Bohlin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella SF
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  • 24.
    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,  John Shirley-Quirk,  Heather Harper  ... 
    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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  • 25.
    A Year At Ely / Paul Trepte, Choir Of Ely Cathedral
    Label: Regent   Catalog: 441 Release Date: 03/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard R. Bennett,  William James Kirkpatrick,  Samuel Sebastian Wesley,  Charles Wood  ... 
    Performer:  Alex Berry,  Edmund Aldhouse
    Conductor:  Paul Trepte
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