Christmas/Holiday Cheer: John Rutter

I met Martha in January 95 when I accepted an invitation from my physics colleague to attend a Wednesday night choir practice at the church I’d been attending for a while.  It was a set-up of sorts–he was definitely attempting to play matchmaker–but his intuition sure turned out to be dead on!  Almost twenty-three years later, she and I are still giving it a go in the alto and bass sections (respectively, of course).

One of the greatest joys to arise from all these years of singing has been performing Christmas music by British composer John Rutter. Here are two of my favorites of his. We’ll be doing “What Sweeter Music,” accompanied by a string quartet, on Sunday. “Christmas Lullaby” is one we’ve sung maybe three times over the years.


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