Over the years many wonderful and beautiful songs and tunes have helped millions understand and receive the Christmas message afresh. One of our most popular Christmas composers is John Rutter.

John would not call himself a ‘believer’ as such, but certainly no one would deny that what he has given us is pure ‘gift’: a gift that makes an extraordinary message connect with ordinary people where they are. And it all began, as far as recognition is concerned, with the jaunty and lively ‘Shepherds Pipe Carol’ which is coming to a Carol Service near you!

Malcolm’s Musical Advent Calendar for Thursday 21 December