Hubert Parry (1848 - 1918)
Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, 1st Baronet (27 February 1848 - 7 October 1918) was an English composer, teacher and historian of music.
Parry was born in Bournemouth, the youngest of six children of Thomas Gambier Parry and his first wife Isabella of Highnam Court, Gloucestershire. From January 1856 to the middle of 1858 Parry attended a preparatory school in Malvern, from where he moved to Twyford Preparatory School in Hampshire. At Twyford his interest in music was encouraged by the headmaster, and by two organists, SS Wesley at Winchester Cathedral, and Edward Brind, at Highnam church. After leaving Twyford in 1861 Parry was sent to Eton, where he distinguished himself at sport as well as music, despite early signs of the heart trouble that was to dog him for the rest of his life. While still at Eton Parry successfully sat the Oxford Bachelor of Music examination, the youngest person who had ever done so. After leaving Oxford, Parry was an underwriter at Lloyd`s of London from 1870 to 1877.
In 1872 he married Elizabeth Maude Herbert (1851 - 1933), second daughter of the politician Sidney Herbert. He and his wife had two daughters, Dorothea and Gwendolen, named after George Eliot characters.
Parry`s first major works appeared in 1880: a piano concerto, which Dannreuther premiered, and a choral setting of scenes from Shelley`s Prometheus Unbound. As a composer he is best known for the choral song "Jerusalem", the coronation anthem "I Was Glad", and the choral and orchestral ode Blest Pair of Sirens, and the hymn tune "Repton", which sets the words "Dear Lord and Father of Mankind". His orchestral works include five symphonies and a set of Symphonic Variations. Now well established as a composer and scholar, Parry received many commissions. Among them were choral works such as the Ode on Saint Cecillia`s Day (1889), the oratorios Judith (1888) and Job (1892), the psalm-setting De Profundis (1891) and a lighter work, The Pied Piper of Hamelin (1905). Following the death of his step mother, Ethelinda Lear Gambier-Parry, in 1896, Parry succeeded to the family estate at Highnam. He was created a Knight Bachelor in 1898 and a Baronet in 1902. Parry resigned his Oxfird appointment on medical advice in 1908 and, in the last decade of his life produced some of his best-known works, including the Symphonic Fantasia `1912` (also called Symphony No. 5), the Ode on the Nativity (1912), Jerusalem (1916) and the Songs of Farewell (1916 - 1918). The piece by which he is best known, the setting of William Blake`s poem "Jerusalem" mentioned above, was immediately taken up by the suffragette movement, with which both Parry and his wife were strongly in sympathy. In the autumn of 1918 Parry contracted Spanish flu during the global pandemic and died at Knightscroft, Rustington, West Sussex, aged 70. At the urging of Stanford, he was buried at St Paul`s Cathedral. The site of his birthplace, in Richmond Hill, Bournemouth, next door to the Square, is marked with a blue plaque. Parry`s baronetcy became extinct at his death. Highnam passed to his half brother, Major Ernest Gambier-Parry.....(Read more..........)
John Rutter (1945 - Present)
John Milford Rutter CBE was born on 24th September 1945. Born in London the son of an industrial chemist. Rutter grew up living over the Globe pub in Marelybone Road, London. Educated at Highgate school before reading music at Clare College, Cambridge where he was a member of the choir and went on to serve as director of music from 1975 to 1979 and led the choir to international prominence.
In 1974 Rutter visited the USA at the invitation of choral musician Melvin Olsen and conducted the premeire of his cantata "Gloria" in Omaha, Nebraska and in the Witherspoon Hall of Joslyn Art Museum.
In 1981 Rutter founded the Cambridge singers which he conducts with and has made many recordings of sacred choral repertoire. He resides in Duxford, Cambridgeshire frequently conducting many choirs and orchestras around the world.
In 1980 he was made an honorary Fellow of Westminster Choir College, Princton.
In 1988 he was made a Fellow of the Guild of Church musicians, in 1996 the Archbishop of Canterbury conferred a Lambeth Doctorate of Musicupon him in recognition of his contribution to church music. In 2008 he was made an honorary Bencher of the Middle Temple.
From 1985 to 1992 he suffered severely from myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) restricting his output.
Rutter also works as a arranger and editor.........(Read more)