John Rutter, CBE, Named Conductor Laureate

John Rutter, CBE, Named Conductor Laureate

The British composer and conductor John Rutter, CBE, was named Conductor Laureate by MidAmerica Productions at his most recent performance in Carnegie Hall on May 25, 2015. On that date, Rutter, who has conducted more than 125 performances in Carnegie Hall for MidAmerica Productions since 1988, led choruses and the New England Symphonic Ensemble in his Requiem with soprano Sherri Seiden, Gloria and Te Deum, and the New York Premiere of his newest large-scale work, Canticles of Creation. Choruses performing with Maestro Rutter came from Alabama, California, Colorado, Washington (DC), Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

John Rutter: Life and the Chorus

John Rutter was born in London in 1945 and received his first musical education as a chorister at Highgate School. He went on to study music at Clare College, Cambridge, where he wrote his first published compositions and conducted his first recording while still a student. His compositional career has embraced both large and small-scale choral works, orchestral and instrumental pieces, a piano concerto, two children’s operas, music for television, and specialist writing for such groups as the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble and the King’s Singers.

John Rutter accepted Conductor Laureate status earlier this year
John Rutter is named Conductor Laureate by MidAmerica Productions founder, Peter Tiboris

His larger choral works, Gloria (1974), Requiem (1985), Magnificat (1990), Psalmfest (1993) and Mass of the Children (2003) have been performed many times in Britain, North America, and a growing number of other countries. He formed the Cambridge Singers as a professional chamber choir primarily dedicated to recording, and he now divides his time between composition and conducting. In 1980 he was made an honorary Fellow of Westminster Choir College, Princeton, and in 1988 a Fellow of the Guild of Church Musicians. In 1996 the Archbishop of Canterbury conferred a Lambeth Doctorate of Music upon him in recognition of his contribution to church music. He was honored in the 2007 Queen’s New Year Honours List, being awarded a CBE for services to music. John Rutter’s music is published by Oxford University Press, Hinshaw Music Inc. and Collegium Music Publications.


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