Music on Christmas Morning – John RutterA selection of comments made by John Rutter in conversation with Andrew McGregor, on BBC Radio 3’s Record Review programme on Saturday 23 December 2023.
Music on Christmas Morning is a delightful mix of old and new, familiar and unfamiliar. You would certainly enjoy it as you’re preparing your Christmas turkey.
In Terra Pax (Finzi): It’s a work he wrote for orchestra and choir, but Martin Ford has done a very capable organ reduction of it, which will open up this excellent piece by Gerald Finzi to a wider range of choirs who perhaps can’t work with an orchestra.
Nova, Nova (Ian Farrington):
Andrew McGregor: Well that got John Rutter out of his chair – finger-clicking good!
John Rutter: It had me jumping around!
Andrew McGregor: Other highlights?
John Rutter: Goodness me, it’s all a highlight in a way, because I think after years of experience, Jeremy Backhouse knows what sort of music to choose. We’ve got music by Herbert Howells, Adrian Peacock, some guy called Rutter, and We Wish You A Merry Christmas. What could be more delightful as you cook your turkey?
Andrew McGregor: It’s a good sound as well.
About Vasari Singers:
…a well-loved part of the musical scene in this country for a number of years.