Parry, Sir (Charles) Hubert (Hastings)
- Jeremy Dibble
(b Bournemouth, Feb 27, 1848; d Rustington, Sussex, Oct 7, 1918). English composer, scholar and teacher. Combining these three activities with a forceful personality and social position, he exercised a revitalizing influence on English musical life at a time in the 19th century when standards of composition, performance, criticism and education were low.
The sixth child from the first marriage of Thomas Gambier Parry, painter and art collector, Parry grew up at Highnam Court near Gloucester. While attending Twyford School, near Winchester, he became acquainted with S.S. Wesley at Winchester Cathedral. At Eton he received instruction from Sir George Elvey at St George's Chapel, Windsor, and obtained the BMus in 1866, before entering Exeter College, Oxford, to read law and modern history. During the summer of 1867 he studied in Stuttgart with Henry Hugo Pierson; this was the only formal musical training he received while at Oxford. After taking the BA in ...