John Rutter CBE is a distinguished composer and conductor. Between 1975 and 1979 he was director of music at Clare College, Cambridge. He founded the Cambridge Singers and Collegium Records.
He is often invited to compose music for special occasions, most memorably for the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.
In the 1980s he suffered from ME and in a letter to the Spectator wrote that ME is ‘an unpleasant physical illness: it ruined seven years of my life’.