Video – Music as mission: A choral journey with John Rutter

[Episcopal News Service] The parish of Christ Church Christiana Hundred, just outside of Wilmington, Delaware, puts music to work in service of mission. With roots in a plot of land donated in 1817 by Eleuthère Irénée du Pont, founder of the DuPont Co., the church has had an endowed choral music program for nearly 100 years. The parish sees the music program as “a way to bring people into relationship with God in Jesus Christ,” according to the Rev. Ruth Lawson Kirk, rector.

The most recent addition to that evangelism effort is the Letty Downs Musician in Residence program. Downs was a lifelong member of Christ Church who championed the music program and her family endowed the residency program in her name to ensure its continuance. John Rutter, renowned British composer, arranger and conductor, recently inaugurated the endowed program. It will continue to bring a major figure in Anglican music to Christ Church each year to teach, rehearse and perform with the parish’s choir.

Comments

  1. The. Rev. Ward Clabuesch says:

    Was any of this recorded & if so are discs available? What a treat to have John Rutter with you.

    • We did not make a recording of John Rutter’s visit, though the setting of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis that he composed for the occasion were spectacular and worth hearing again and again. It was a treat to have John Rutter and to have so many churches in the area come to worship together as we praised God in song.

  2. Mr Hicks …I am an “old geezer” having my 84th birthday soon …I sing at least four times a week in choir and Quartet … I love to sing and I feel good about it … You can’t bust my balloon or dampen my spirit, Mr Hicks, you need a hobby and an attitude adjustment. Let the light in and feel the warmth of its power.

  3. Very Rev. Walter Brownridge says:

    Impressive and spiritually moving!

  4. Marie Ledford says:

    Well composed video. I wish I could have been there. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Steven Clark says:

    Thank you for producing this video that I randomly happened across. I sing as a humble tenor and what a dream come true indeed to be rehearsed and directed by John Rutter himself; my favorite modern era sacred choral composer.

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