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Give the king thy judgements, O God

Song 1
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Psalm 72: 1-5, 67: 3
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15 June 2015 marked the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta. The meadow by the River Thames at Runnymede was the scene of a colourful commemoration of this landmark event in the history of justice and freedom; HM The Queen, Prince Philip, Prince William, the Prime Minister, the Archbishop of Canterbury and numerous dignitaries were present. Music formed a part of the ceremony, and I was honoured to be invited to contribute an anthem for choir and orchestra to welcome the Queen and Prince Philip as they arrived. The prevailing mood of the piece is festive, but as a prayerful moment before the closing pages I incorporated Orlando Gibbons’s lovely hymn-tune Song 1, to new words expressing the theme of the occasion.

from notes by John Rutter © 2015


Rutter: The Gift of Life & other sacred music
COLCD138Download only


Track 7 on COLCD138 [7'08] Download only

Track-specific metadata for COLCD138 track 7

Recording date
16 July 2015
Recording venue
Fairfield Hall, Croydon, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Thomas Hewitt Jones
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch & Chris Kalcov
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  1. Rutter: The Gift of Life & other sacred music (COLCD138)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: November 2015
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