A suite of eleven folk-song settings accompanied by piano or chamber ensemble (using one player per string part) or chamber orchestra (using orchestral strings)
6 songs are for SATB, 3 for unison upper voices, 2 for men's voices.
The folk-songs may be performed individually, in groups, or as a complete suite.
Instrumental material is available on hire.
John Rutter was born in London in 1945 and studied music at Clare College, Cambridge. His compositions embrace choral, orchestral, and instrumental music, and he has edited or co-edited various choral anthologies, including four Carols for Choirs volumes with Sir David Willcocks and the Oxford Choral Classics series. From 1975 to 1979 he was Director of Music at Clare College, and in 1981 he formed his own choir, the Cambridge Singers. He now divides his time between composition and conducting and is sought after as a guest conductor for the world's leading choirs and orchestras.
The bold grenadier (SATB) ; The keel row (SATB) ; The willow tree (SATB) ; The sprig of thyme (unison upper voices) ; Down by the sally gardens (men's voices) ; The cuckoo (SATB) ; I know where I'm going (unison upper voices) ; Willow song (SATB) ; O can ye sew cushions? (unison upper voices) ; The miller of Dee (men's voices) ; Afton water (SATB)