Fleet Singers set to Feel the Spirit in a John Rutter concert
28 March, 2019 — By Michael White
John Rutter. Photo: johnrutter.com
JOHN Rutter is probably the world’s most successful living composer of choral music, sung by choirs from Florida to Florence who wouldn’t be able to tell you the name of any other English composer alive or dead. And as most of those choirs will know, he’s closely associated with Cambridge where, for a long while, he ran the music at Clare College.
But less famously, he also has connections with north London. He was born in Hampstead, off the Finchley Road, and spent formative years at Highgate School. So it’s appropriate that the Fleet Singers, a community choir based in NW3, claim him as their own.
And next Sunday at St Anne’s Highgate, they’re performing his Feel The Spirit: a cycle of African-American spirituals, eclectically arranged in ways that owe something to jazz, to Gershwin, and other appropriately American influences.
Expect infectious music, feelgood, lyrical, and free – there’s no charge for this concert. Simply note the early start: 6pm, Sunday March 31, St Anne’s Church, Highgate West Hill, N6 6AP, 020 7267 8658, www.fleetsingers.org.uk