Marking the centenary of his death, Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Hubert Parry.

Donald begins with the story of Parry's early years, rooted at Highnam Court in Gloucestershire, before looking at the period he was centred around Orme Square in London, the home of his teacher and mentor Edward Dannreuther. We hear about Parry’s connection with the long-running Three Choirs Festival: Parry’s father, Thomas Gambier Parry, was energetic and generous in his efforts to ensure the Festival’s survival, and the Three Choirs was to prove an important platform for his son’s music. Another hugely important institution to Parry was the Royal College of Music - in time, he would become Director of the College and an inspiration to the next generation of composers. We finish with the final years of Parry’s life, during World War One, when Parry's most enduring composition, Jerusalem, was first performed at the Queen’s Hall in London.

Music featured:

I was Glad
Bright Star
Fantasie Sonata in B major
Choral Prelude for Organ "On SS Wesley's Hampton"
Symphony No.1 (2nd movement)
Love is a bable
Cello Sonata in A
Take, O take those lips away
Partita in D Minor
String Quintet in E-Flat Major
Symphony No. 2 in F major (The Cambridge)
Long Since In Egypt's Plenteous Land
Blest Pair of Sirens
The Soul's Ransom
Symphony No.3 in C major (The English)
Who Can Dwell in Greatness
The Birds of Aristophanes
Crabbed Age and Youth
From Death to Life
Symphony No.4 (4th movement)
Ode on the Nativity
Lord Let Me Know Mine End
Symphony No.5 in B minor (ii. Love)

Presenter: Donald Macleod
Producer: Martin Williams for BBC Wales

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