For the Beauty of the Earth - An Evening with John Rutter

Gaia Music

Luke Jerram's stunning Gaia artwork, beautiful choral music from one of one of Britain's best loved composers and the Cathedral Great Choir come together for what will be a glorious evening

Join us at Southwark Cathedral for this very special event as welcome composer and conductor John Rutter for an evening under Gaia, our latest art installation by artist Luke Jerram.

John Rutter will discuss his career and music which will be interspersed by some of his works sung by the Great Choir of Southwark Cathedral directed by Ian Keatley the Cathedral Director of Music.

John Rutter was born in London and studied music at Clare College, Cambridge. He first came to notice as a composer during his student years; much of his early work consisted of church music and other choral pieces including Christmas carols. From 1975–79 he was Director of Music at his alma mater, Clare College, and directed the college chapel choir in various recordings and broadcasts. Since 1979 he has divided his time between composition and conducting. Today his compositions, including such concert-length works as Requiem, Magnificat, Mass of the Children, The Gift of Life, and Visions are performed around the world. His music has featured in a number of British royal occasions, including the two most recent royal weddings. He edits the Oxford Choral Classics series, and, with Sir David Willcocks, co-edited four volumes of Carols for Choirs. In 1983 he formed his own choir the Cambridge Singers, with whom he has made numerous recordings, and he appears regularly in several countries as guest conductor and choral ambassador. He holds a Lambeth Doctorate in Music, and in 2007 was awarded a CBE for services to music.

Gaia is a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram. Measuring seven metres in diameter and created from 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface* the artwork provides the opportunity to see our planet, floating in three dimensions.

The installation aims to create a sense of the Overview Effect, which was first described by author Frank White in 1987. Common features of the experience for astronauts are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.

This performance is for the benefit of the Southwark Cathedral Choristers’ Fund which enables the choir to undertake tours and record CDs. In recent years they have visited Iceland, Norway, France, Italy, Ireland and the Czech Republic.