A Musical Nativity With John Rutter
Sunday 25 December
Recorded at Dorchester Abbey, the music includes new arrangements specially written for the programme and the first broadcast of Rutter's most recent carol, The Colours of Christmas, performed by the Children's International Voices of Enfield, of which he is patron.
In conversation with presenter Katie Derham, Rutter reflects on some of the stories surrounding his work, such as the Picasso painting which inspired his ever-popular Shepherd's Pipe Carol, written when he was a teenager. Gerald Finley and Elin Manahan Thomas are the soloists, with the Aurora Orchestra and John Rutter's own choir, the Cambridge Singers.
Extracts from the nativity story in the King James translation are read by Simon Russell Beale.
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