Earlier today the Northamptonshire
Choral Foundation organised a “come and sing” day with
the internationally-acclaimed composer and conductor,
John Rutter. This is the third time that Mr Rutter has
directed this event for us, and we were delighted that a
number of our choristers, scholars and lay clerks were
able to join over two-hundred and fifty singers from
around the County and further afield. Former Director of
Music at All Saints, Ian Clarke, accompanied on the
piano, having been a student alongside Mr Rutter in
Cambridge. All the organisation on the day was executed
by a team of chorister parents, who made light work of
distributing (and collecting back in) the best part of
one tonne of music, and making over five hundred
cups of tea and coffee.
The singers worked on Rutter’s own This is the Day,
written in 2011 for the wedding of HRH Prince William of
Wales and Catherine Middleton, and The Gift of
Charity, written for the 2010 Michaelhouse Festival.
Alongside this they sang selections from a new Oxford
University Press volume of English Church Music,
including Howells’s Like as the hart desireth the
waterbrooks and Tallis’s If ye love me.
A number of the choristers brought their Rutter CDs and
scores with them, and had them signed by the composer
himself. We offer grateful thanks to Mr Rutter for his
wonderful direction, to Mr Clarke for his excellent
accompaniment, to the Northampton High School who hosted
the event, and to all who helped organise this splendid
day, not least our choir parents..