Chance to Come and Sing with John Rutter

Published: 19 April 2013 at 10:24

Chelmsford Cathedral event to raise funds for music therapy at Anglia Ruskin

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Music lovers from across Essex are being encouraged to “Come and Sing” with John Rutter, the man who composed music for the Royal Wedding, at Chelmsford Cathedral on Saturday, 1 June.

The communal singing event, which will run from 10am until 3.30pm (doors open at 9.30am), is aimed at anyone who enjoys singing, regardless of ability, and is raising funds for music therapy at Anglia Ruskin University.

Rutter, one of Britain’s best known composers and conductors of choral music, received an Honorary Doctor of Music from Anglia Ruskin in 1999 and a CBE in 2007, in recognition of his outstanding services to music.  His larger works, such as Requiem (1985), Magnificat (1990) and Psalmfest (1993), have been performed by choirs and orchestras around the world.

He co-edited, with David Willcocks, the four-volume Carols for Choirs series, and edited the first two volumes in the new Oxford Choral Classic Series; Opera Choruses (1995) and European Sacred Music (1996). 

In 2002 his setting of Psalm 150, commissioned for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, was performed at the Service of Thanksgiving in St Paul’s Cathedral in London.  More recently, Rutter composed ‘This is the Day’ for the wedding of Prince William to Katherine Middleton in 2011, and this piece will be one of those practiced and performed on the day.

Sue Jacobs, Head of Development and Alumni Relations at Anglia Ruskin, said:

“We’re absolutely thrilled that John, as one of our Honorary Award holders, is giving his time to help us raise funds for music therapy.  
“The excellent acoustic of Chelmsford Cathedral should provide a wonderful setting for John’s third Come and Sing day for us, which will include some of his most recent pieces as well as a number of surprises!”

Music therapy can help people suffering from a range of conditions including autism, dementia, physical disabilities, schizophrenia and depression.  Music therapists are highly-trained clinicians who use music to establish an interaction as a way to communicate without words, helping people of all ages to break through their ‘walls of silence’. 

Anglia Ruskin not only provides excellent facilities for music therapists to train and learn, but the clinic, jointly funded by Anglia Ruskin and by generous donations from the public, also provides a safe and modern environment for therapy to take place.  Therapists have the opportunity to run projects with local community groups, families and individuals. 

Funds raised from the event will help provide musical instruments for Anglia Ruskin’s new Music Therapy Centre and also contribute to the Student Hardship Fund, which provides bursaries for course fees and helps towards travel expenses to clinical placements for music therapy students in financial need.

Tickets are priced at £16 (£12 for students and over 60s).  To book tickets, please call 0845 196 4708, email alumni@anglia.ac.uk or visit www.anglia.ac.uk/jrutter2013