Celebrating with John Rutter

7.30PM Saturday, 17th February 2024
John Rutter Square

Conducted by John Rutter himself, this performance with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates two of his pieces with works by another great British composer Vaughan Williams.  

Both composers have looked to the earlier British greats for tonight’s works. Vaughan Williams’s haunting Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis takes inspiration from Tudor polyphony, whereas Rutter’s Mass of the Children was written in response to a desire to compose a work that would bring children and adults together, in the same way that performances of Britten's War Requiem had done for him when a school chorister. 

Written in 1938, Serenade to Music was also composed with a great of the British classical music scene in mind: Henry Wood. Vaughan Williams composed it for Wood’s ‘jubilee’ concert to mark the 50th Anniversary of Wood’s first concert.  

John Rutter's major work Visions completes the programme. Written in 2016 it is based on the theme of Jerusalem, the Holy City of prophetic imaginations. 

Duration: 2 hours


Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  
Bach Choir Voices  
Taplow Girls' Choir  
John Rutter Conductor
Natalia Lomeiko Violin
Grace Davidson Soprano
Joy Sutcliffe Alto
Nicholas Madden Tenor
Simon Whiteley Bass

Programme to include:

Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
Rutter Visions
Vaughan Williams, arr. Rutter Serenade to Music
Rutter Mass of the Children


Ticket Price:    
Quire (No view of performance) £10
Nave Aisles (Unreserved) £20
Central Nave (Reserved) £35, £42

Central Nave

£35.50 (includes £0.50 booking fee)
£28.50 (includes £0.50 booking fee)
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