The John Rutter Christmas Piano Album Published

On this day in 2020, The John Rutter Christmas Piano Album was published by Oxford University Press.

The John Rutter Christmas Piano Album brings together eight of the composer’s best-loved seasonal choral pieces as piano transcriptions, made by John Rutter himself, for performance use or enjoyment at home. Designed for pianists at early intermediate level, the collection provides skilful and approachable arrangements of festive favourites such as Angels’ Carol and What sweeter music and of the more recent Colours of Christmas and Christ our Emmanuel. The gentle Mary’s Lullaby, meanwhile, features a newly written Epilogue, a homage to George Shearing and evoking the style of this celebrated jazz pianist. Clearly presented and laid out, the transcriptions also include the texts (lyrics) within the piano score, for reference or potential sing-alongs. From the composer who has become synonymous with Christmas, this versatile collection is a joyous celebration of the season.

The pieces in The John Rutter Christmas Piano Album have been recorded by Wayne Marshall on Decca Records and the recording also features pieces from The John Rutter Piano Album.