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Christmas Music of John Rutter

Updated on June 7, 2018
The Peace of Christmas is Highlighted by Beautiful Music
The Peace of Christmas is Highlighted by Beautiful Music | Source

Are You Familiar with John Rutter's Christmas Music?

It can be interesting to take a look at the HubPages forum topics. Even simple ones can be thought provoking and inspiring. Being reminded of lovely music was a recent delight.

Compelled by the forum question, “What is your favorite Christmas song?” I decided to share something of John Rutter's beautiful Christmas music in a short hub.

Perhaps you know him well, or maybe you have never heard his name. Either way, don't miss this chance to plan on filling your entire holiday season with his lovely sounds of Christmas.

If you are not familiar with his work, prepare to be surprised by and to enjoy some of the most beautiful sounds of the season!

The Music of Christmastide

'Twill Soon Be Christmastide!
'Twill Soon Be Christmastide! | Source

Who is John Rutter?

That’s easy to find out. Just go to

this from Collegium Records


this at Wikipedia


this biography from "John Rutter" (be sure to peruse the entire site)

to read some of the information that has written about him.

However, if you really want to know who he is, listen to his music and learn why words like “talented” have to be preceded with “breathtakingly” in order to begin to do justice to a proper description of him and his music.

A writer such as myself should probably not begin the task of writing about him, but I am qualified to say that his Christmas music is worth finding and making your own if you love all that is beautiful.

If you are not familiar with the lovely music that John Rutter has given the world then become so this Christmastide. To miss the opportunity would be to incredibly deprive yourself of a gift worth having and holding on to for future Christmases.

Christmastide Greetings to You!

Beginning with the Music

The following links will give you a preview of Rutter, but don’t let these satisfy you. Explore the exquisite music that is available and make your choice of what to own:

Angel’s Carol:

Have you heard the song?

Have you heard the news?

In The Bleak Midwinter:

Earth stood hard as iron,

Water like a stone.

Christmas Lullaby:

This is the lullaby

That angel hosts sing.

Candlelight Carol:

Candlelight, angel light, fire light, star glow.

Clear in the darkness a light shines in Bethlehem.

Nativity Carol:

The Choir of Kings College Chapel, Cambridge

Carol of the Magi:

Our guiding light.

Music of John Rutter

Enjoy and Give Beautiful Christmas Music

Beginning with iTunes you can access Christmas choral compositions to enrich your holiday season. Collegium Records offers The John Rutter Christmas Album and a chance to listen to samples of selections.

Oxford University Press can furnish your group with John Rutter Carols, 10 Carols for mixed voices, and you can learn more at the Facebook site (be sure to check out the story behind the music).

Don't forget to have some of this lovely music delivered to your own address even as you consider that it would make wonderful gifts for others.

Christmastide is the season of beauty and this music would make a beautiful and lasting gift for friends and loved ones.

As well, learn the texts to the marvelous music of Christmas. Embrace them, let them resound in your heart and mind throughout the wonderful season that will be upon us in a blink!

How do you feel about Christmas music by John Rutter

Are you familiar with John Rutter's Christmas Music?

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More Christmas Themed Hubs:

• Thoughts on and aids for following the substance of Christmastide.

The Gift of a Lifetime: Number 3 in a series of short Home for the Holidays stories.

For Vocalists:

• If you are a vocalist you might enjoy this opportunity to listen to Candlelight Carol.

Candlelight Carol

Rutter's What Sweeter Music

Christmastide by Donald Fraser

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  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    20 months ago from the short journey

    How lovely! So glad you found his work and are already enjoying it. Have a beautiful Christmas season!

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    Peggy Woods 

    20 months ago from Houston, Texas

    I am listening to the first beautiful video as I write this comment. Thanks for showcasing the music of John Rutter of whom I was unfamiliar.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    3 years ago from the short journey


    Thank you very much for sharing the beauty of the music and Happy New Year to you and yours.

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    Audrey Howitt 

    3 years ago from California

    Passing this beautiful hub along tonight! Happy Holidays!

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from the short journey


    Thank you for stopping by and for letting me know that you enjoyed this post on John Rutter's music. I sometimes listen to it at other times of the year because it is indeed so beautiful.

  • frogyfish profile image


    6 years ago from Central United States of America

    I stopped by for a quick look at your Christmas music hub...and have spent uplifting time reading and listening to that lovely music. I did not know of John Rutter, but thank you greatly for introducing his beautiful, beautiful music to me. I must bookmark your hub so I can go to your links given. Thank you so much for this blessing tonight!

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from the short journey

    Thanks kindly. His work is really incomparable, isn't it?

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    Rose Clearfield 

    8 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Nice! I'm a huge John Rutter fan.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from the short journey

    So glad you enjoyed it. Thanks so much for the vote! Am looking forward to more of your work in the New Year.

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    Donna Oliver 

    8 years ago from Midwest, U.S.A.

    RTalloni, Thank you for sharing such beautiful Christmas music! This is a wonderful hub, I enjoyed it from beginning to end. Voted up!

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from the short journey

    Thank you for stopping by and commenting!

  • TroyM profile image


    8 years ago

    Interesting ideas..Thanks for such Great Hub!

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from the short journey

    So glad you will be able to enjoy Rutter's Christmas music now. It is a treasure, even if it's not one's ordinary taste...just Christmas beauty!

    Did you see the links in the comment just above yours?

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    Ign Andy 

    8 years ago from Green Home Office

    Actually, name John Rutter little unfamiliar for me. And thanks to your hubs, his songs are perfect for my taste.

    I have additional collections for Christmas songs :)

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from the short journey

    Hope you will be able to enjoy it all!

    May I suggest that you also take a look at


    since you are looking for beautiful Christmas music?

  • GALAXY 59 profile image

    Galaxy Harvey 

    8 years ago from United Kingdom

    I have been thinking about getting some new music to play over the Christmas time, so this hub has come at the right time for me.Thank you for sharing.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from the short journey

    So glad you enjoyed it and the memories! May children everywhere be able to make memories of such wonderful music this Christmastide!

  • xixi12 profile image


    8 years ago from Everywhere but here. In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved. You can never be truly free till you have the discipline to manage it.

    really enjoyed the performance you placed on youtube 'In The Bleak Midwinter'. It brings back good memories of when we are closing the term from school for the Christmas holidays. Thanks for sharing

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from the short journey

    Oh, too bad! If you come across a way to transfer the VHS to digital be sure to post it for us! Thanks for the link--am going to it now. :)

  • gracenotes profile image


    8 years ago from North Texas

    No, sorry, that was another choir, not the one I sing in now. I only have an old-fashioned VHS tape of the concert, and I don't know how to convert the tape into digital format!

    However, if someone wants to enjoy "what Sweeter Music" on YouTube, here is a link to an excellent performance.

  • RTalloni profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from the short journey

    So glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for stopping by and for leaving a comment. Maybe you could post a recording of your choir singing "What Sweeter Music," or leave a link for it in a comment? Sure hope it's available!

  • gracenotes profile image


    8 years ago from North Texas

    Nice hub! I love John Rutter's music, and in my choir, we sang "What Sweeter Music" often during the Christmas season.


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