Rutter’s choral music has its roots firmly in the English choral tradition, of Holst, Vaughan Williams, Howells, Britten and Tippett, ‘spiced with the harmonic and melodic language of Fauré and Duruflé’. He composed A crown of glory in response to a commission by the Worshipful Company of Feltmakers of London for the 62nd Annual United Service of the Guilds of the City of London held at St Paul’s Cathedral on 26 March 2004. It’s a vigorous and spacious piece of music sung below by the Choir of St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, conducted by John Scott. Enjoy :-).
Text: A crown of glory
Be Thou to us, O Lord, a crown of glory;
in the day when Thou shalt come again to judge the world by fire;
that Thou mayest graciously clothe us here with the robe of righteousness,
and hereafter with the perfection of a glorious liberty.
Lord God, whose service is a crown of glory,
lift up our hearts to serve and honour Thee.
In righteousness and truth may we learn to know and love Thee:
our joy and crown Thy glorious liberty.
Advent Prayer from the Mozarabic liturgy