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John Rutter (born September 24, 1945) is an English composer, choral conductor, editor, arranger and record producer.

Born in London, he was educated at Highgate School, where a fellow pupil was John Tavener. He then studied music at Clare College, Cambridge, where he was organ scholar and then director of music from 1975 to 1979. In 1981 he founded his own choir, the Cambridge Singers, which he conducts and with which he has made many recordings of sacred choral repertoire (including his own works), particularly under his own label Collegium Records. He still lives near Cambridge, but frequently conducts other choirs and orchestras around the world.

In 1980 he was made an honorary Fellow of Westminster Choir College, Princeton, and in 1988 a Fellow of the Guild of Church Musicians. In 1996 the Archbishop of Canterbury conferred a Lambeth Doctorate of Music upon him in recognition of his contribution to church music.

He also works as an arranger and editor, most notably (in his youth) of the extraordinarily successful Carols for Choirs anthology series in collaboration with Sir David Willcocks.


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  • Unknowny503

    True master of Christmas music!

    13 Dec 2013 Reply
  • elnimio

    His music sounds straight-out of a Disney soundtrack, but I like it.

    11 Aug 2013 Reply
  • emaskye

    for all the crap he gets, he would make a very good JRPG composer :P

    17 Jan 2012 Reply
  • timisokan

    His music is breathtaking...almost mysterious..

    15 Oct 2011 Reply
  • panDerecki

    kitschy, kitschy

    21 Sep 2011 Reply
  • MarkAlanQuesti

    John Rutter will go into history with the other great composers of choral works. His musicality rivals Brahm's choral works. When you sing them with a group they may bring tears to your eyes, they are so inspirational.

    1 Sep 2010 Reply
  • smesser

    can't think of anything worse.

    22 Feb 2010 Reply
  • sinisha

    Can't stop listening, amazing.....

    30 Sep 2009 Reply
  • WattoTheJazzman

    This guy is a mad dog! I played in a performance of his Gloria, and while we were ill-prepared, it was thoroughly enjoyable. Well I don't know about the audience. It was pretty hectic almost sight-reading tenor clef, and all those cool time signatures too...

    20 Aug 2009 Reply
  • scepticism

    Agnus Dei is noble

    8 Nov 2008 Reply


    29 May 2008 Reply
  • lexithethespian

    we're singing the Mass of the Children at my high school and I got the soprano solo! It is such an honour to be performing music written by such a brilliant man!

    21 May 2008 Reply
  • cskarbek

    I sang the Magnificat under his direction last year in New York. He is amazing.

    27 Mar 2008 Reply
  • Omniczka

    I'm looking for a beautiful song (written by John Rutter) called Paraiso Celeste. Anybody knows it? Please, help:)

    21 Sep 2007 Reply
  • Dial-A-Ninja

    Good Lord....Magnificat....YES

    17 Mar 2007 Reply

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