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Composer: Rutter, John (b. 1945)

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Year of birth1945
NationalityUnited Kingdom
PeriodContemporary
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Rutter celebrates his 70th birthday in St Paul’s

Marta Fontanals-Simmons © Hazard Chase
Positioned at the heart of St Paul’s Cathedral, Rutter took to the stage to perform a sold out concert dedicated to his life as a composer. 
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Rutter conducts Rutter: Colston Hall's Summer Gala Concert

Erica Eloff © Sussie Ahlburg
This was, by no doubt, the largest ensemble on stage at Colston Hall this season with five choirs and an orchestra that took over the stage. 
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Choir of Clare College, Cambridge in Cleveland

Choir of Clare College, Cambridge © Nick Rutter
Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, with their director Graham Ross, wound up their North American tour with music for Advent at Fairmount Presbyterian Church, Cleveland, with music by Howells, Britten, Tavener, Rutter, and Roderick Williams's haunting "O Adonai et Dux domus Israel."
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The White Hands Choir of Venezuela: A miracle of grace in Salzburg

©  Silvia Lelli
The Coro de Manos Blancas (White Hands Choir) of Venezuela, one of the leading group of the Special Education Programme, was founded by Johnny Gómez in 1995 to include children and young adults with disabilities. The White Hands Choir is part of the National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras and Choirs, known as “El Sistema”.
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Festive fare from the Auckland Philharmonia

Anna Leese  ©  Sussie Ahlburg
For this Christmas concert we were transported from the Auckland Philharmonia’s usual venue at the Auckland Town Hall to the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Parnell. It was interesting to compare the sound of the orchestra; the cathedral has a slight echo that seemed to boost the richness of the orchestra’s sound, at times (like at the climax of Bizet’s Farandole) becoming almost shockingly loud.
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