Uplifting day of song with choral composer John Rutter at Bradford Cathedral

Celebrated composer and conductor John Rutter CBE has led more than 300 singers through a sensational day of song at Bradford Cathedral.

Its choir joined in with people from across the diocese to learn from his expertise and vast experience, which began over 60 years ago as a chorister at Highgate School, London, where he was a pupil along with John Tavener.

Mr Rutter's world famous compositions and arrangements are mainly choral and include Christmas carols and full length works including a Gloria, Requiem and Magnificat.

In 2002, his setting of Psalm 150 was performed at the Queen's Golden Jubilee thanksgiving service in St Paul's Cathedral, London.

He also wrote a new anthem, "This is the day", for Prince William's Westminster Abbey wedding to Catherine Middleton in 2011.

Summing up a spirited event, Dean of Bradford Cathedral, Jerry Lepine said: "It was clearly a wonderful day’s engagement with one of the great names of contemporary choral composition and Bradford Cathedral’s hospitality was appreciated by all.

"We aim to be a joyful presence and this event fulfilled that aim."

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