‘On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring‘ has been included in a new album released in November 2023 by John Rutter on the Collegium label. Known the world over for his choral music, this is Rutter’s first orchestral album for several years.
Classical Tranquillity comprises peaceful and relaxing classical music by a range of composers, including J S Bach, Debussy, Ravel and Satie, newly arranged and orchestrated by John Rutter (the Delius is given in its original orchestration). Included too is an orchestral version of Rutter’s choral setting of Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace, and there is his arrangement of the beautiful Irish Folk Song, She moved through the Fair. The disc was recorded in the Stoller Hall, Manchester, with John Rutter conducting the Manchester Camerata.