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This is the day

Wednesday 12th October, 2011

Commissioned for the Wedding of HRH Prince William of Wales with Catherine Middleton at Westminster Abbey.

First performed on Friday 29 April by the Choir of Westminster Abbey, the Choir of Her Majesty’s Chapel Royal, St James’s Palace, James O’Donnell and Robert Quinney.

This is the Day

Available from Oxford University Press – 978-0-19-338237-4.
and from Hinshaw Music in the USA – HMC2319

A recording of the anthem is available on Decca Records available from iTunes, and from record stores.

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  1. Diana Hammond

    Mr. Rutter: Thank you so much for your beautiful music. I write to you regarding “This Is The Day” – I listen to it most every day on the way to work. It is beautiful and inspiring. God Bless.

  2. Absolutely lovely. Taken from the Psalms. Brilliant! I am a published author, but I cannot write lyrics/music for a song at all. You are truly gifted, and blessed. Please continue to give glory to God in your talent for music.
    AZ, USA

  3. Jon Simsic

    Hello Mr. Rutter, my name is Jon Simsic and I’m serving on the planning committee for the 2017 American Guild of Organists Convention which will be held in Youngstown, OH. As part of this convention, there will be an opening service on Sunday, July 2. The Committee would like to find out if you would consider composing an anthem for this inaugural event. There would be a group choir, SATB (divisi is possible) with anticipated numbers being around 50 singers. The text must be sacred, accompanied (organ) or a cappella and should be up to 5 minutes in length. If you are indeed interested, please let me know what your fee would be as I would then need to submit it and all information to my committee for approval. Should you have any further questions, do not hesitate to ask. Thank you for your time and consideration and I look forward to hearing from you.

  4. Caroline Wong

    Dear John,
    I have sung many of your compositions in our Church, somehow I hadn’t realize you have a website we could write to you. I had the privilege of singing this hymn “This is the Day” shortly after it was composed for the wedding of our music director. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
    I have been listening to many of your hymns over the last few days, it has brought em so much peace. As I listened to this hymn again this morning, the Spirit of The Lord came upon me powerfully and spoke so clearly to me through the lyrics. “The Lord is thy keeper: The Lord is they defence upon thy right hand;”
    I want to send this note to thank you for delivering God’s comfort and promise through your glorious music. May He continue to bless you and use you mightily.
    In His grace, Carol

  5. Issa

    Dear Dr. Rutter,
    I am vocalist and have enjoyed singing your music in the various choirs I have been in over the years. I am curious to know if there is a version of “This is the day” for solo voice and organ?


  6. Chiu sin fu Stephen

    Dear Mr.Rutter,
    I found the worship song “This is the day”is a good song ,and wany toto petforming in my wedding ceremony,could you gave a copy of choir version(vocal+organ),looking for your reply.

    p.s. it just performing in the church only.


  7. Christa Reth

    Dear Mr Rutter,

    “This is the day” is wonderful, very great music.
    We (a little choir named” Convocamus”) in germany, Ibbenbüren would sing it in the church, on the occasion of the silver wedding of our choir director Frank and his wife Monika. We hope she stare in surprise.
    She has heard this song last year and she loves it.

    Is it possible to get a signed musicpaper of “This is the day”?
    It would be nice if it’s possible.

    Yours sincerely

  8. Would you kindly forward us John Rutter’s management email? In 2001 our combined Schools in Bulawayo performed several of his works and we were very blessed to receive a letter and words of encouragement from Mr Rutter. Our Choir, The Marden Singers Celebrates 50 Years next year and we would love to present a John Rutter Festival.

    This is The Day is wonderful, gracious and we would be buyng the music to perform at our annivessary


    Colbert Mpofu

    • Richard Hansen

      Dear Dr. Rutter,
      Greetings from Burlington, Ontario, Canada; our paths crossed many years ago at the RSCM Summer Course in 1985 at Addington Palace. You were one of our ‘clinicians” for a week, in which I was first exposed to your wonderful music. I have gone on to conduct much of your works, both in sacred and secular events.
      We also share the friendship, with Paul Merritt, of London, Ontario, Canada, a wonderful musician.
      My question is regarding “This is the Day” which am planning to programme this coming year with my 30 voice Chancel Choir. There seems to be some differences between the printed score, and the performance at the Royal Wedding, Westminster Abbey.
      Was this due to logistics (timing for BBC coverage) or the performance using an earlier edition.
      I look forward to hearing from you, at your earliest convenience.
      Richard Hansen, ARCCO

  9. Brian Corr

    I purchased The Royal Wedding cd here in the US and am quite pleased I did as John’s “this is the day ” is worth the entire CD.
    Also Bravo to John’s “Colors Of Christmas” cd which I purchased a
    week ago. A lovely artistic melodic reflection on the Reason for the Season. Congratulations John.

  10. Márcio de Sá

    Dear Madam, dear Sir,

    I search the web for weeks the lyrics of “This Is The Day That The Lord Hath Made”, special designed by John Rutter, for the Wedding of HRH Prince William of Walles with Catherine Middleton and I can not find anywhere.
    Would you kindly please send them to me by return email.
    I thank you very much in advance.
    Sincerely yours,

    Márcio de Sá

    • John

      Márcio, This is the text:
      This is the day which the Lord hath made: we will rejoice and be glad in it.
      O praise the Lord of heav’n: praise him in the height.
      Praise him, all ye angels of his: praise him, all his host.
      Praise him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars and light.
      Let them praise the Name of the Lord.
      For he shall give his angels charge over thee: to keep thee in all thy ways.
      The Lord himself is thy keeper: the Lord is thy defence upon thy right hand;
      so that the sun shall not burn thee by day: neither the moon by night.
      The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: yea, it is even he that shall keep thy soul.
      The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in: from this time forth for evermore.
      He shall defend thee under his wings.
      Be strong, and he shall comfort thine heart, and put thou thy trust in the Lord.

      Psalms 118: 24; 148: 1–3, 5a;
      91: 4a, 11; 121: 5–8; 27: 16b

      • Márcio de Sá

        Dear John,

        I thank you very much for your kind reply.
        It is really very, very beautiful!
        Please forgive me for the long delay in answering you, just today, indeed, I went back to your interesting and enjoyable website.
        With my kind regards,


      • tom

        thank you i have been looking for the lyrics. God bless

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