John Rutter on the “Requiem.”

Today, we share an interview series with John Rutter, a prolific composer and conductor. Born in London in 1945, Rutter founded the Cambridge Singers, his own choir, with whom he records and releases his own works. One of Rutter’s most well-known pieces is his Requiem, which the ACC will be performing on March 11 and 12. In this interview, Rutter “discusses the personal and musical impetuses which drove him to begin working on the piece: the death of his father, and an encounter with the original manuscript of Fauré’s setting of the Requiem Mass in the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris.” We hope this sheds some light on this magnificent work of art, and the Chorale looks forward to presenting this piece in concert for then enjoyment of all!