BU’s Head of Music Ian Davis gave a lively and interesting talk on the life and music of Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, a Bournemouth-born composer, teacher and historian of music.
Parry is best known for his compositions ‘Jerusalem’, ‘I was Glad’ and ‘Blest Pair of Sirens’. The talk was punctuated with excerpts from Parry’s music and we were encouraged to listen for examples of Parry’s musical influences, including Bach and Wagner.
Interesting Parry facts:
- He was born in Richmond Hill in Bournemouth, near the Square, and a plaque there commemorates his birth
- He successfully passed the Bachelor of Music examination at the University of Oxford, the youngest person who had ever done so (he was 18 at the time)
- As Head of the Royal College of Music he taught Gustav Holst, John Ireland and Ralph Vaughan Williams
- His wife was part of the suffragette movement
- He died, aged 70, of Spanish flu in the global pandemic in 1918
- He had an amazing moustache!
This event was part of BU’s Festival of Learning 2014.