Composer of the Week: Sir Hubert Parry

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The life, times and music of Sir Hubert Parry

TV & Radio Information
BBC Radio 3
Monday, June 10, 2013 - 12:00

 

Hubert Parry (1848-1918) is primarily remembered for composing the popular anthem Jerusalem and for receiving a knighthood from Queen Victoria for his services to music. He is very much a national gem, with relatively little of his music known further afield.

Donald Macleod starts the week by looking at his early desires to study music (against the approval of his elders) and his success in the study of music at Oxford University. The programme will also look at some early chamber works of his, and the encouragement he received from composer Samuel Sebastian Wesley to pursue composition.

Throughout the week, we see Parry balancing his status as the unofficial composer laureate of Britain with a career in insurance, and watch his growing influence as a composer over time.

For more information, visit the Radio 3 website.