Hubert Parry

1848 - 1918

Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, 1st Baronet was an English composer, teacher and historian of music. Hubert Parry was educated at Eton and Oxford University.

Although he was among the most successful composers of his day, writing symphonies, oratorios and a piano concerto, musical immortality has come for him through his coronation anthem I Was Glad and his hymn tunes, which include Dear Lord and Father of Mankind and, of course, Jerusalem – The Women’s Institute adopted Jerusalem as its song following the work’s association with the Votes for Women movement. Parry’s wife was herself a suffragette.

Parry was director of the Royal College of Music from 1894 and Professor of Music at Oxford from 1897 and went on to receive a knighthood in 1898 and a baronetcy in 1902.