Outlook Issue 20 Winter 2015
News and Views from St. Mary's Woodbridge
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16 recorded over the years, and includes a new carol by him, ‘Christ is the Morning Star’. On one disc some of our familiar and well-loved carols are interspersed with those less familiar, or maybe previously unknown, to some of us. Several are traditional from other countries (France, Spain, Austria) and all are sung by well-known choirs and conducted by Rutter. If I had to choose my favourites, they might be ‘O Holy Night’ (from a French translation and arranged by Rutter) and the very simple ‘Nativity Carol’ (words and music by Rutter). We may have heard most of the songs on the classics disc many times. However, the variety in the arrangements and accompanying instruments (flute, guitar, harp, harpsichord, clarinet, piano) on this disc make for an especially interesting collection. The inlay booklet containing words and comprehensive information on each item provides everything we want to know. BUT, whilst the white printing on a light chocolate background works well, the light chocolate printing on a white background doesn’t. A very small point against a wealth of beautiful music. The John Rutter Songbook will make a lovely present for anyone who has not already treated themselves to it. Long may Rutter continue to have this ‘sneaky gift for writing (or arranging) a tune’! Mary Blyton Stop Press! The Gift of Life – Six Canticles of Creation and Seven Sacred Pieces (Collegium Label) The Cambridge Singers and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra are conducted by the composer, John Rutter, in his latest work. A six-movement choral celebration of the living world, it is a ‘kaleidoscope’ of moods, ranging from contemplative and prayerful to majestic and inspirational. Released Oct 2015, this CD/MP3 includes seven other recent pieces by Rutter. Sheet music also available. Good Read Not in God’s name: Confronting religious violence by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks (Hodder & Stoughton, 2015) Does God ever condone a so-called religious war? In his new book Not in God’s Name, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks doesn’t pull any punches. Religion can have a