A Choral Amen ; A Clare Benediction ; A prayer of Saint Patrick ; All things bright and beautiful ; For the beauty of the earth ; Go forth into the world in peace ; God be in my head ; I will sing with the spirit ; Look at the world ; The Lord bless you and keep you ; The Peace of God
John Rutter was born in London in 1945 and studied music at Clare College, Cambridge. His compositions embrace choral, orchestral, and instrumental music, and he has edited or co-edited various choral anthologies, including four Carols for Choirs volumes with Sir David Willcocks and the Oxford Choral Classics series. From 1975 to 1979 he was Director of Music at Clare College, and in 1981 he formed his own choir, the Cambridge Singers. He now divides his time between composition and conducting and is sought after as a guest conductor for the world's leading choirs and orchestras.
'Rutter sticks to what he can do and works hard to do it consummately well. His strengths begin with a natural gift for melody, as seen in 'The Lord Bless you and Keep You', a tune that has already become so familiar over 20 years that it comes as a surprise, if you didn't already know, that Rutter is the source. The simple structures of Rutter's work may verge on cliche, but cliches contain their element of truth, and the truth is that Rutter's pieces always work. There is no room here for more detailed analysis, but the craft of Rutter's contributions, in this volume as elsewhere, is unfailing ... all the pieces in this volume, and almost all Rutter's choral output, is singable by choirs of moderate ability, or less ... there is a warmth, inclusivity and affirmatory quality to the work that make it unusual for the late 20th century, virtues which perhaps particularly commend themselves to the Church over recent, far from easy times. Matthew Greenall, The Singer April 2004 'this book offers a wide range [of anthems] in economical and durable form ... The appeal of all of these anthems is in their grateful vocal lines and in a musical language deeply rooted in an understanding and knowledge of the great choral composers of the past, but with an evident love for the melodic and rhythmic shaping of an eclectic range of twentieth-century British and American composers.' Alan Bullard, Mastersinger, Spring 2004 'Few will need any introduction to the music of Andrew Carter, Bob Chilcott and John Rutter, and we can rest assured that all of the contents will be approachable and superbly crafted.' Rosemary Broadbent, Church Music Quarterly Sept