This workshop is now sold out. To put your name on the waiting list in case last-minute tickets become available, email:

You can still register to attend Week 3 (July 9 to 16): the John Rutter workshop is included for all participants in the Week 3 music program. To find out more about Week 3: CLICK HERE

Our partner Music and Beyond still has tickets available for the John Rutter workshop on July 15 2023, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre in Ottawa. To find out more: CLICK HERE

FRIDAY JULY 14, 2023

Come and Sing with JOHN RUTTER

To celebrate our 70th anniversary, CAMMAC welcomes internationally-acclaimed British choral conductor John Rutter, one of the most often-performed living composers.

John Rutter’s popular Singing Day workshops are well-known throughout the world for their joyful and uplifting spirit.

Whether you are an experienced chorister or simply enjoy singing and have basic music reading skills, you will enjoy this fun day of singing inspiring choral pieces amidst the beauty of nature in the heart of the Laurentians, overlooking Lake MacDonald.

Meet John Rutter

John Rutter was born in London and studied music at Clare College, Cambridge. He first came to notice as a composer during his student years; much of his early work consisted of church music and other choral pieces including Christmas carols. From 1975–79 he was Director of Music at his alma mater, Clare College, and directed the college chapel choir in various recordings and broadcasts. Since 1979 he has divided his time between composition and conducting. Today his compositions, including such concert-length works as RequiemMagnificatMass of the ChildrenThe Gift of Life, and Visions are performed around the world. His music has featured in a number of British royal occasions, including the two most recent royal weddings. He edits the Oxford Choral Classics series, and, with Sir David Willcocks, co-edited four volumes of Carols for Choirs. In 1983 he formed his own choir the Cambridge Singers, with whom he has made numerous recordings, and he appears regularly in several countries as guest conductor and choral ambassador. He holds a Lambeth Doctorate in Music, and in 2007 was awarded a CBE for services to music.

To find out more: CLICK HERE

To read his blog: CLICK HERE



→ If you’re coming to CAMMAC for Week 3 of the Summer Music Retreats, there’s no need to register here – your place is already reserved.


10 a.m.: Arrival

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.:

1 p.m. to 2 p.m.:

2 p.m. to 4 p.m.:

Lunch is included in the price of the workshop. Tea, coffee, snacks, and cold drinks will be available on site ($).


The repertoire will include the Rutter Magnificat for choir and orchestra as well as a selection of his shorter choral pieces, both sacred and secular.

The Magnificat is a joyous celebration of the Virgin Mary, inspired by feast-day festivities in countries such as Spain, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Following the example set by Bach, the Magnificat text is extended, incorporating the fifteenth-century English poem Of a Rose, the prayers Sancta Maria and the Sanctus (set to the Gregorian chant of the Missa cum jubilo).

A booklet containing all the scores for the day’s repertoire will be provided for each participant’s use during the workshop.

Listen to a full recording of the Rutter Magnificat, performed by The Choirs of St. Albans Cathedral:

To begin to learn your part in advance, you can listen and download the midi files for John Rutter’s Magnificat:

To read the program notes:

To hear John Rutter discuss the genesis of his Magnificat (an invaluable resource for all singers preparing the work for performance):

To purchase a recording of the Rutter Magnificat, performed by the Cambridge Singers:


The workshop is included for participants registered to CAMMAC’s Week 3 – if your are registered for Week 3, you don’t need to register here.

A limited number of tickets are available for singers not registered for the full week’s program.

PRICES (taxes not included)
Adults (26 years +) $50.00 per person
Students (12 to 25 years) $45.00 per person

Includes admission to the morning and afternoon sessions of the workshop and lunch.

If you are vegetarian, vegan or have food allergies or intolerances, please send an email detailing your needs to at least 7 days before the workshop.

You can also register by contacting Customer Service:

PHONE: 819-687-3938 / 1-888-622-8755, ext. 25

Music and Beyond will be presenting two events with John Rutter in Ottawa in July:


An Evening with John Rutter, featuring soprano Mireille Asselin, baritone David Pike, the Elmer Iseler Singers, the Capital Chamber Choir and The Music and Beyond Festival Orchestra.
Thursday July 13 juillet at 7:30 p.m. – to find out more: CLICK HERE


Come and Sing with John Rutter
July 15, 2023, from 1 to 4 p.m.  – to find out more: CLICK HERE

Have you purchased your Music and Beyond Festival membership?

Find out more about Music and Beyond’s 2023 programming: CLICK HERE


For a safe and enjoyable stay, we invite you to familiarize yourself with the procedures and protocols surrounding the pandemic situation.

IMPORTANT: Please do not come to CAMMAC if you have symptoms of COVID-19.