Charles Hubert Hastings Parry
English composer Hubert Parry was born in Bournemouth on 27 February 1848. His interest in music developed at Eton, where he was taught music by George Job Elvey, organist of St George's Chapel, Windsor. At Oxford he studied law and modern history, destined for a career in insurance, but he continued with music alongside his work, taking lessons from William Sterndale Bennett and Edward Dannreuther.
Later, George Grove took an interest in Parry, who was Grove's assistant editor at the new Dictionary of Music and Musicians (writing 123 articles), and then professor of composition and music history at the newly formed Royal College of Music, when Grove became the first director there. Parry's students included Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst, Frank Bridge and John Ireland. When Grove retired, Parry became the RCM's director from 1895 until his death at Rustington, West Sussex on 7 October 1918.
Parry's choral music was taken more seriously than his orchestral works, during his lifetime, although Shaw dismissed the 1892 oratorio Job as 'the most utter failure ever achieved by a thoroughly respectworthy musician'. The diatonic Parry style with influences of Bach and Brahms, itself influenced later composers including Elgar and Vaughan Williams.
A selection of M&V articles about Charles Hubert Hastings Parry
CD Spotlight. Well-Intentioned - Music for seafarers, heard by Howard Smith. '... a lot to recommend it ...'
Ensemble. Endearingly Oddball - British music from Derby Choral Union, including Britten's 'Rejoice in the Lamb', heard by Mike Wheeler
CD Spotlight. Novel Results - The first release on Robert King's new label, heard by Robert Anderson. '... may lack something in grandeur but nothing in subtlety.'
Ensemble. The Finest of Them All - The 2012 Hereford Three Choirs Festival, reviewed by Roderic Dunnett
Ensemble. Sorcerers and Apprentices - Collaborative organ performances at Derby Cathedral by Peter Gould, Tom Corfield, Christopher Johns, Ben Bloor and Sachin Gunga delight Tony Westerman
Ensemble. A Great Occasion - The Derby Roundhouse debut as a concert hall, described by Mike Wheeler
Ensemble. Top Class Musicianship - Roderic Dunnett visits Gloucester for the 2010 Three Choirs Festival
Incisive Playing - Daniel Hyde at the organ of Derby Cathedral, heard by Mike Wheeler