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Christ is the morning star

author of text

I wrote this Advent carol in 2013 at the invitation of Graham Ross, Director of Music at Clare College, Cambridge. Regrettably, the season of Advent is often swallowed up by premature Christmas celebrations, and for the occasion of Clare’s annual Advent Carol Service I wanted to write a piece which would look forward to Christmas—and to the Second Coming, a significant Advent theme—rather than greet its arrival. The idea for the text came from an inscription of words by the Venerable Bede on the wall of Durham Cathedral: Christus est stella matutina, which, translated into English, is the first line of my carol.

from notes by John Rutter © 2015


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


Track 11 on COLCD138 [4'35] Download only

Track-specific metadata for COLCD138 track 11

Recording date
16 July 2015
Recording venue
Fairfield Hall, Croydon, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Thomas Hewitt Jones
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch & Chris Kalcov
Hyperion usage
  1. Rutter: The Gift of Life & other sacred music (COLCD138)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: November 2015
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