Behind the scenes at the premiere of ‘Joseph’s Carol’, dedicated to the Oxford vaccine team.
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Dedicated to the Oxford Vaccine Team Joseph’s Carol sets words by the composer that recount the Christmas story from the perspective of Joseph. The two expressive verses are taken by the solo baritone, with the chorus performing a macaronic refrain infused with expectancy and wonder, as well as taking on the role of the angels… Read more »
Eight of John Rutter’s best-loved seasonal choral pieces as piano transcriptions.
On Wednesday at 5.30 Evensong the Temple Church in London is celebrating what would have been John Tavener’s 75th birthday; he was my school friend and I will be speaking about him. I suddenly remembered what must be one of his very earliest compositions, a lovely hymn-tune written when he was 15 but never performed… Read more »
John was recently a guest on the Choralosophy Podcast: Finding Your Niche, hosted by Chris Munce.
Written for Children’s International Voices, this delightfully uplifting piece will appeal to children’s choirs everywhere. A highly singable melody alternates between unison and two parts, and the words, written by the composer, are full of excited optimism for the future. Rutter skilfully combines a flowing character with a strong rhythmic pulse, and the piano accompaniment… Read more »
This beautiful setting of verses from the psalms was commissioned by Westminster Abbey for the wedding of HRH Prince William of Wales and Catherine Middleton. It was first performed on 29 April 2011 by the combined choirs of Westminster Abbey and the Chapel Royal, in the presence of the royal family, and was broadcast live… Read more »
This edition presents Fauré’s masterpiece in a form which accords with his original intention that it should be a liturgical Requiem with accompaniment of organ and chamber ensemble. The 1893 version is an expansion of Fauré’s original, prepared by the composer for a performance at the Church of the Madeleine in Paris and containing two… Read more »
Rutter’s Magnificat for soprano soloist, choir and orchestra was written in 1990, and the première took place in May of that year in Carnegie Hall, New York. The text, based on the prayer ascribed by St Luke to the Virgin Mary on learning that she was to give birth to Christ, is extended by the… Read more »
John Rutter and the Cambridge Singers are joined by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and guest soloists to recreate the festive atmosphere of John’s yearly ‘Christmas Celebration’ concerts. Majestic fanfares, carols from many traditions and seasonal orchestral favourites make up this sparkling album.