An Interview with John Rutter

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra's Blog

Hannah Nepil catches up with John Rutter to discuss the upcoming performance of his Requiem with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and The Purcell Singers at the glorious St Paul’s Cathedral on Thursday 14th November.

When John Rutter composed his Requiem, back in 1985, he couldn’t have imagined how well it would be received. ‘I thought it would only get one performance,’ he remembers. Since then, the work has been taken up all over the world, by choirs of every kind, often conducted by Rutter himself. This November, he will conduct it again in a special Remembrance Week performance featuring the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and The Purcell singers, in a programme which also includes Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No.5 and Rutter’s anthem Lord, Thou Hast Been Our Refuge.

But Rutter, 67, is hardly a one-hit wonder. With his flair for creating infectious melodies, he is one of the most popular…

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