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I am writing this while still feeling completely bowled over by the energy and enthusiasm with which John Rutter ran our Singing Day today. The event was a complete sell-out, with 250 singers present – young and old, churchy and non churchy, used to sight reading and happier singing by ear. We barrelled through centuries of choral favourites before lunch – the Vivaldi Gloria, Halleluyah Chorus, Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Chilcott’s Irish Blessing, Stanford Beati Quorum Vir – before spending the afternoon on Rutter’s own compositions – Look to the Day, the Birthday Madrigals, spirituals from Free the Spirit, the Mass of the Children. We were coached actively, chided gently and amused with a stream of anecdotes – “You are six handshakes away from Beethoven …”

Come Christmas, I bet I won’t be alone in smiling at the memory of the lovely summer’s day when we sang together, ate cake and were lucky enough to meet Mr Rutter in person.

Miriam McKay – Lea Singers Chair
Saturday 6 June 2015

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