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A perfect Christmas present for music-loving children, this album brings together three musical fables written by John Rutter.
The Reluctant Dragon and The Wind in the Willows, both adapted by David Grant from Kenneth Grahame stories, were commissioned for Christmas concerts given by The King’s Singers. Written by Rutter himself, the story of Brother Heinrich’s Christmas is built around the legend that the carol In dulci jubilo was first sung by angels who miraculously appeared to the medieval monk Heinrich Suso one Christmas Eve.
I look back on these three children’s projects with particular fondness and pleasure, not least because of the marvellous performers involved in them: two most distinguished narrators, Richard Baker and Brian Kay; the versatile and ever-brilliant King’s Singers (friends of mine since they first got together in far-off Cambridge days); another Cambridge friend, Richard Hickox, and his City of London Sinfonia that I have worked with on so many happy occasions; and, of course, the Cambridge Singers, who have sung with me on almost every Collegium recording.
John Rutter © 1991