Hubert Parry (1848 - 1918)
John Rutter (1945 - Present)
John Milford Rutter CBE was born on 24th September 1945. Born in London the son of an industrial chemist. Rutter grew up living over the Globe pub in Marelybone Road, London. Educated at Highgate school before reading music at Clare College, Cambridge where he was a member of the choir and went on to serve as director of music from 1975 to 1979 and led the choir to international prominence.
In 1974 Rutter visited the USA at the invitation of choral musician Melvin Olsen and conducted the premeire of his cantata "Gloria" in Omaha, Nebraska and in the Witherspoon Hall of Joslyn Art Museum.
In 1981 Rutter founded the Cambridge singers which he conducts with and has made many recordings of sacred choral repertoire. He resides in Duxford, Cambridgeshire frequently conducting many choirs and orchestras around the world.
In 1980 he was made an honorary Fellow of Westminster Choir College, Princton.
In 1988 he was made a Fellow of the Guild of Church musicians, in 1996 the Archbishop of Canterbury conferred a Lambeth Doctorate of Musicupon him in recognition of his contribution to church music. In 2008 he was made an honorary Bencher of the Middle Temple.
From 1985 to 1992 he suffered severely from myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) restricting his output.
Rutter also works as a arranger and editor.........(Read more)