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CBE honour for a church composer
John Rutter
John Rutter started composing as a student in Cambridge
A classical composer who has inspired choirs across the world has received a CBE in the New Year Honours.

John Rutter, 61, who studied at Clare College in Cambridge, still has strong links with the city although he travels the world as a conductor.

His honour recognises services to music and his commitment to composing music he says "people like to sing and play".

He is known as a composer of carols and church music receiving a Doctorate of Music in 1996.

From 1975 to 1979 Mr Rutter was director of music at Clare College and directed its choir in a series of tours and broadcasts but realised that his interests were in composition.

He gave up his post but formed the Cambridge Singers as a professional group dedicated to performing and recording his works.

"I write music that people will enjoy singing. I'm not ashamed of that," he said.

Full honours list - Cambridgeshire


  • Dr John Richard Grenfell Bradfield, CBE. For services to Science, Business and to the community in Cambridge.



  • Professor Ann Patricia Dowling, CBE. Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Cambridge. For services to Science.

  • Dr Evelyn Elizabeth Ann Glennie, OBE. Percussionist. For services to Music.


  • Professor Andrew Hopper. Professor of Computer Technology, University of Cambridge. For services to the Computer Industry.

  • Dr John Milford Rutter. Composer and conductor. For services to Music.


  • Dr Richard Dyer. Formerly director, Babraham Institute, Cambridge. For services to Biology.

  • Mrs Toni Christine Eastwood. Training and Business Development manager, Everywoman. For services to Equal Opportunities.

  • Harmesh Lakhanpaul. Director, Peterborough Race Equality Council. For services to Community Relations.

  • Kenneth Alan Shooter. Formerly Specialist Technology, Ofsted HM Inspectorate and Lead Adviser, Specialist Schools Programme, Department for Education and Skills.

  • Andrew Brian Simmons. Chief executive, Hertfordshire Connexions Partnership. For services to Young People.


  • Peter Brian Barlow. Formerly Principal assistant, Zoology Department, University of Cambridge. For services to Higher Education.

  • Mrs Barbara Mary Bell. Formerly Chair of Governors, Lady Adrian Special School, Cambridge.

  • Mrs Maureen Shirley Brown. For services to the community in Trumpington, Cambridge.

  • Dr Euan Kennedy Dunn. For services to Marine Conservation.

  • Mrs Judith Marion Evans. Leader, St. Ives District Rangers, Cambridgeshire. For services to Young People.

  • Mrs Sue Prudence Anne Evans. District Nurse. For services to Healthcare and to the community in Burwell.

  • Thomas George Harland. For services to the British Standards Institution.

  • Dr William Richard Bevan Jones. For services to the community in Sawston.

  • John Henry Lander. Senior Leading Hand Air Frame Fitter, Marshall Aerospace. For services to the Aerospace Industry.

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