For his final recording with the men and boys of Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum, Benjamin Nicholas has chosen to celebrate Britain s best-loved living composer, John Rutter. Rather than simply sticking to familiar classics, this programme explores the full range of the composer s output from 'The Lord is my shepherd' and 'Lord, thou hast been our refuge' to his most recent piece 'This is the day', written for the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Rutter s rare communicative gifts are given a special glow by the refulgent acoustic of Tewkesbury Abbey and the choir s luminous singing.
Rutter at his finest ... plenty of technical control in the choir s singing ... gorgeous oboe playing too. --Terry Blain, BBC Music Magazine Christmas Issue 2012