John Rutter studied music at Clare College, Cambridge and first came to notice as a composer and arranger of Christmas carols and other choral pieces during those early years; today his compositions, including such concert-length works as Requiem, Magnificat, Mass of the Children, The Gift of Life, and Visions are performed around the world. John edits the Oxford Choral Classics series, and, with Sir David Willcocks, co-edited four volumes of Carols for Choirs. In 1983 he formed his own choir The Cambridge Singers, with whom he has made numerous recordings on the Collegium Records label, and he appears regularly in several countries as a guest conductor and choral ambassador. John holds a Lambeth Doctorate in Music, and was awarded a CBE for services to music in 2007.
'sits happily in the repertoire of almost any sized choir. Dating from 1974, it remains one of his most popular works. The two outer movements are gloriously bright, while the quieter middle section is more gentle. Once again, choirs love to sing this music, and audiences seldom fail to respond to it.' BBC Music Magazine Nov 97