John Rutter, one of the world’s best-loved and most successful composers, will lead a Christmas Come and Sing on Saturday December 8 from 2.30-5pm at Belfast Cathedral.
Organised by the Charles Wood Festival of Music, this is Rutter’s only such event in Northern Ireland in 2018 and promises to be a real treat for singers and choir members of all levels.
Rutter has often been invited to compose music for special occasions, most memorably for the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, which featured his wonderful anthem, This Is The Day, but it is perhaps for his Christmas music that he is best known to choirs and congregations.
Rutter was only 18 when he composed what would become one of his signature pieces, the infectious Shepherd’s Pipe Carol. Little did he know at the time, but this was just the first in a series of classic carol settings he was destined to compose and arrange, and works such as Nativity Carol, Star Carol, Candlelight Carol and The Very Best Time Of Year, have ensured that Rutter’s name is now virtually synonymous with Christmas time.
This Christmas music extravaganza will also feature special guests Cappella Caeciliana. Booking is essential as places are limited. Copies of music will be supplied on loan and may be purchased.
Tickets, which cost just £20, are available from the Visit Belfast Welcome Centre, 9 Donegall Square North, Belfast, BT1 5GB; Telephone 02890246609; Email email@example.com; Website www.visitbelfast.com; and via www.charleswoodsummerschool.org