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September 11, 2011

Fired for being rude to John Rutter

The Daily Mail (UK):

Westminster Abbey has dismissed one of its organists after he is said to have criticised a leading composer who played a key role in the Royal Wedding. Insiders say the Abbey acted after organ scholar Edward Tambling posted derogatory comments on Facebook about John Rutter, a favourite of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge.

According to one source, Mr Tambling used 'colourful language' to criticise the skills of Mr Rutter, who composed one of the highlights of the spectacular ceremony on April 29 and who has been described as the world's most popular living choral composer.

The Abbey refused to comment beyond saying Mr Tambling, 23, was told to leave for 'disciplinary reasons'.

The incident will embarrass authorities at the Abbey, which has been used for coronations and Royal Weddings for centuries, because they commissioned Mr Rutter, 65, to write the choral work especially for the occasion. His anthem This Is The Day The Lord Hath Made was performed by the Abbey choir

A little harsh but it was a rather "pip-squeak" comment don't you think. A 23 year old rudely dissing the skills of John Rutter in a public forum. Where's the respect these days?

Posted by acapnews at September 11, 2011 9:27 PM

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That anthem was terrible even by Rutter's standards. Mr Tambling should have got a promotion for pointing this out, and the people who commissioned the piece should have been sacked.

Posted by: James at September 16, 2011 1:52 AM

All power to Edward's drinking arm for being brave enough to voice the opinions of so many church musicians about John Rutter's music. More than one Abbey chorister has bemoaned the cheesy derivative pot-boiler that J.R. had the cheek to write for this auspicious occasion. The boys thought it was rubbish, no doubt the men did too and James O'Donnell was distinctly luke-warm in his public utterings about the piece.

Posted by: Phil Gasket at October 7, 2011 3:40 AM

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