Join us for a special offering of Choral Evensong sung by the Christ Church Singers, celebrating the music of Sir Charles Huber Hastings Parry on the 100th anniversary of his death.
Sunday, October 7
Alongside Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, Parry is considered responsible for the so-called British musical renaissance of the late nineteenth century and today he is best known for the choral song Jerusalem and the coronation anthem I was glad, written the 1902 coronation of King Edward VII and sung at every coronation since.
Hubert Parry was educated at Eton College and then at Exeter College, Oxford. At the behest of his father he read law and modern history in preparation for a career in law, and it was not until he was 29 that he worked as a full time professional musician. He became professor of composition and music history, and later, director of the Royal College of Music, and professor of music at the University of Oxford.
At this service, you will hear Parry’s Great Service, written around 1882 for Stanford and Trinity College, Cambridge. The music is ambitious in scale and scope, and is a marked advancement from other settings of the time. My soul, there is a country is the first of the Songs of Farewell, written towards the end of his life.