Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry

Biography

Hubert Parry

Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-1918) was the thoroughly English composer of the most English of tunes, Jerusalem.

Life and Music

  • Parry was educated at Eton and Oxford University.
  • Although he was among the most successful composers of his day, writing symphonies, oratorios and a piano concerto, musical immortality has come for him through his coronation anthem I Was Glad and his hymn tunes, which include Dear Lord and Father of Mankind and, of course, Jerusalem.
  • Parry was director of the Royal College of Music from 1894 and Professor of Music at Oxford from 1897.
  • He received a knighthood in 1898 and a baronetcy in 1902.

Did you know?

The Women's Institute adopted Jerusalem as its song following the work's association with the Votes for Women movement. Parry's wife was herself a suffragette.

Music

Handels Massiah Hubert Parry: Jerusalem

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Beethoven 6-8 Hubert Parry: I Was Glad

Find out more about Parry's I Was Glad. Watch and listen to different recordings and download your favourite.

Album reviews

Top Parry Pieces