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Sir John Rutter: Celebrating a Lifetime of Musical Excellence and Influence
June 20, 2024

John Rutter, the celebrated British composer and conductor, has been awarded a knighthood in recognition of his contributions to music during the King's Birthday Honors.

Born in London in 1945, Rutter attended Clare College, Cambridge, and served as Director of Music there from 1975 to 1979. In 1983, he established the Cambridge Singers, known for their influential recordings of sacred music.

Since 1979, Rutter has focused primarily on composing, creating notable works like the Requiem, Magnificat, Mass of the Children, The Gift of Life, and Visions, which are performed worldwide.

His compositions have featured prominently in significant state ceremonies, including the weddings of Prince William and Prince Harry. At the recent coronation of King Charles, six pieces arranged by Rutter were performed.

Rutter is also renowned as the editor of the Oxford Choral Classics series and is especially acclaimed for his co-editing of the popular Carols for Choirs series with Sir David Willcocks.

In addition to his recent knighthood, Rutter was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2007 New Year Honours for his services to music.

Reflecting on his knighthood, Rutter expressed gratitude, stating, "Music has brought me a lifetime of joy and fulfillment, but I never imagined it would one day lead to the honor of knighthood."

Described as "beloved by choirs and audiences worldwide," John Rutter stands as one of the most successful and cherished choral composers of the past fifty years, particularly renowned for his carols and arrangements that have become synonymous with the Christmas season.

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