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In , Rutter founded his own choir, the Cambridge Singers , which he conducts and with which he has made many recordings of sacred choral repertoire including his own works , particularly under his own label Collegium Records. He resides at Hemingford Abbots in Cambridgeshire and frequently conducts many choirs and orchestras around the world. In , the Archbishop of Canterbury conferred a Lambeth Doctorate of Music upon him in recognition of his contribution to church music.
In , he was made an honorary Bencher of the Middle Temple while playing a significant role in the Temple Festival. From to , Rutter suffered severely from myalgic encephalomyelitis ME, or chronic fatigue syndrome , which restricted his output; after he stopped writing music on commission, as he was unable to guarantee meeting deadlines. As a young man he collaborated with Sir David Willcocks on five volumes of the extraordinarily successful Carols for Choirs anthology series.
He was inducted as a National Patron of Delta Omicron , an international professional music fraternity in Similarly, he was commissioned to write a new anthem, "This is the day", for the Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in , performed at Westminster Abbey during the service. It has been recorded by many choirs, but he conducts his own recordings principally on his label Collegium Records. Many of his works have also been arranged for concert band with optional chorus.
In a interview Rutter discussed his understanding of "genius" and its unique ability to transform lives — whether that genius is communicated in the form of music or other media. He likened the purity of music to that of mathematics and connected the two with a reference to the discovery made by the early Greeks that frequencies of harmonic pitches are related by whole-number ratios.
Sue Lawley referred to Rutter as "the most celebrated and successful composer of carols alive today"  and Sean Rafferty heralded Rutter as "a creator of not just carols, but wonderfully great things for the human voice.
His larger-scale works — particularly the Gloria , Requiem and Magnificat — are also well established in the choral repertoire.
John Rutter: A Clare Benediction: SSA