Gloriam tuam

img_4589 Sanctuary, St Peter’s Church, Gayhurst, Buckinghamshire, England. Image: Su Leslie 2013

It’s December 1992; a Friday night and I’m killing time in the HMV shop at (near?) Birmingham New Street Station. Soon I’ll be on the southbound train that will take me home to Berkhamsted.

Perhaps because it’s almost Christmas, the music playing over the shop’s speakers isn’t the usual chart-pop. There’s no pumping beat,  no synthesizers or over-produced voices shouting banal lyrics.

I am listening to a choir. I am actually listening, captivated, to a group of adult voices swoop and rise in complex patterns and textures and harmonies. It is beautiful, magical, visceral.

I go to the counter, ask the sales assistant what is playing, and buy two copies of Requiem, composed by John Rutter and sung by The Cambridge Singers (the second copy is my Mum’s Christmas present — result!)

And thus begins my love of choral music.

I could choose any of the tracks from Requiem, but Sanctus is particularly lovely.

Glorium tuam translates (I believe) as “glory” or “your glory.”

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19 thoughts on “Gloriam tuam

  1. Su, John Rutter is my ALTIME HERO….. on the modern side. Standing humbly right next to J.S. BACH….
    We discovered Rutter when we lived in the UK and have been his groupies (if you can use this loose term on somebody like dear John) ever since. We own all his music, his song compilations of choral music, we met him in person, I’m subbed to his website – he is the most humble and wonderful musician ever. Thank You for this!
    Now brushing the upstanding hairs on my arms down again….. 🙂

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  2. Rutter is mah-velous!!! What a magical introduction . . . goose bump moments! Do you listen to the traditional Christmas Eve concert from Kings? They almost always include one of his carols, and the whole programme requires tissues—sooo beautiful. Let me know if you need a url. 😘

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  3. This is utterly beautiful, Su! Almost unearthly and definitely goosebumps raising! I love The Carmina Burana by Carl Orff – do you know it? And Gregorian chorals are wonderful too. 😊

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