What does music do to our souls? John Rutter, the composer whose music I shared in my previous blog, has a theory about music and especially the music sung by small or great choirs. Because we enjoy music that has beautiful harmony, Mr. Rutter thinks it is a lesson for all mankind…to be in harmony with one another.
What a desperate prayer this is for the world as we know it today. To even consider harmonious living in a time of destruction and cruelty is almost “asking for the moon.” Yet, this is what God wants from us and only through Him and the love He demonstrated for us through His Son will we have this glorious blessing of peace and harmony. We look for the day that our churches and community choirs will once again gather in fullness to sing His wonderful praises.
BRIEF HISTORY OF JOHN RUTTER: Born on 24 September 1945 in London, John Rutter is the son of an industrial chemist and his wife. He grew up living over the Globe pub on London’s Marylebone Road… As a chorister there, he took part in the first recording of Britten’s War Requiem… He then read music at Clare College, Cambridge, where he was a member of the choir. While still an undergraduate he had his first compositions published, including the “Shepherd’s Pipe Carol” which he had written aged 18.
In 1981, Rutter founded his own choir, the Cambridge Singers, which he conducts, and with which he has made many recordings of sacred choral repertoire (including his own works)… He frequently conducts many choirs and orchestras around the world.
In 1980, he was made an honorary Fellow of Westminster Choir College, Princeton, and in 1988 a Fellow of the Guild of Church Musicians. In 1996, the Archbishop of Canterbury conferred a Lambeth Doctorate of Music upon him in recognition of his contribution to church music.
Rutter’s compositions are chiefly choral, and include Christmas carols, anthems and extended works such as the Gloria, the Requiem and the Magnificat. In 2002, his setting of Psalm 150, commissioned for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, was performed at the Jubilee thanksgiving service in St Paul’s Cathedral, London. Similarly, he was commissioned to write a new anthem, This is the day, for the Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in 2011, performed at Westminster Abbey during the service. (Taken, in part, from a conversation with Bruce Duffie)
At the end of this blog, you will see the words, OLDER POSTS. In case you missed it, click on this to hear another of his beautiful musical pieces with words. It will be worth you while.
Listen to what he has to say about choral music and then below his message is one of his most excellent works of art. Tune your heart to be blessed.
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Turn up sound. THE LORD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU
Conducted by John Rutter Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, The Mark Thallander Foundation Choir Festival
With so much sadness and darkness in the world, we must lift up our voices and “Shine”to dispel the gloom and doom. Look at the faces, on the video below, of Christians in the Royal Albert Hall in London. They represent every age, race, and gender. Multiply their voices and faces of all Christian people world-wide who can bring light into the world. It is our duty and joy to share our voices of hope. As He has said, Christ is our only hope and redemption. Our only cry should be for all nations and what God wants for His world and His creation.
An Invitation to a new FOCUS: Join Boyer Writes with a new daily focus and see what it does to your life. We certainly understand that this may not be easy.
What is this new focus?
- Decide if you want your minds and life to be changed from a daily bombardment of darkness or to light and joy, where you can reach for inner peace and calm.
- This may mean deciding to switch off the TV news and discussion groups for a period of one month or longer.
- Even though this is not Lent, many times during the season of Lent, Christians choose to restrict themselves from certain things in order to draw closer to God.
- This invitation is to do a similar thing.
- Choose your own New Focus
- If you make this decision, please use the “Comment” on this post or write an email to Boyer Writes and let us know of your choice in order that we may pray for this new focus in your life. email@example.com (copy email and paste)
Fill our lands with your glory, Lord! Dispel the darkness. Shine on Us!
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If one has had the opportunity to worship at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, it is most likely that this part of the Cathedral was not seen. The construction of such a place is even more dramatic when one has climbed to its highest peeks. For your Sunday, enjoy this unusual tour. After the tour, return and be inspired by St. Paul’s Cathedral music.
MUSIC AT ST.PAUL’S CATHEDRAL Psalm 150 sung with full choir and orchestra
Psalm 150: Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise Him in the firmament of His power.
Praise Him for his mighty acts: praise Him according to His excellent greatness.
Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet: praise Him with the psaltery and harp.
Praise Him with the timbrel and dance: praise Him with stringed instruments and organs.
Praise Him upon the loud cymbals: praise Him upon the high sounding cymbals.
Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.
Psalm 91 “It is good to give thanks to the Lord..to sing praises to His name, O Most High…to declare His steadfast love in the morning…and His faithfulness by night…to the music of the lute and the harp…to the melody of the lyre…For You, O Lord , has made me glad by your work…at your works of your hands, I sing for joy!”
The choir of Rochester Cathedral sings the hymn O Thou Who Came From Above. Charles Wesley’s wonderful words are sung to the lovely tune Hereford composed by Samuel Sebastian Wesley who was born in London in 1810 ….. his 200th anniversary.
This morning I stood on our second floor porch taking in the freshness of the morning. It is interesting how we associate things with being “fresh”….fresh air, fresh bread. There is a newness in it…something better. It is the opposite from old or stale. I was suddenly aware of that newness in a new day…a new opportunity…a new beginning of this hour. Perhaps Ralph Waldo Emerson said it best.
“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. He is rich who owns the day,
and no one owns the day
who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.
Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt, crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a
begin it well and serenely,
with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
This new day is too dear, with its hopes and invitations,
to waste a moment on the yesterdays”
You have special gifts that only you have been given. Go out and use them in this NEW DAY. Want some inspiration?
Take Stephen Wilshire, for instance, who has a disability but an amazing gift. Each morning he will see things on this earth that most of us will never see. View his talent and run to catch the freshness of your new day!
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