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Rejoice and sing

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While I was a student at Cambridge I got to know Sir David Willcocks, Director of King’s College Choir from 1958 to ’74. It was thanks to him that my first compositions were published—he served as editorial adviser to Oxford University Press and spotted my work early on, later inviting me to be his co-editor for the second and subsequent volumes of the Carols for Choirs series. He has been a staunch champion of my music ever since, and a mentor and inspiration to me and many other musicians over the years. In celebration of his 95th birthday in 2014 I was delighted to be asked by OUP to compose a new carol in his honour.

Writing Rejoice and sing I recalled the many happy Christmas concerts he conducted with the Bach Choir in London’s Royal Albert Hall, thinking also of his fondness for quirky rhythms—hence the lop-sided 7/8 which runs through much of the music.

from notes by John Rutter © 2015


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


Track 13 on COLCD138 [3'58] Download only

Track-specific metadata for COLCD138 track 13

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 13
    Release date: November 2015
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