February 27, 1848, Bournemouth, England.

October 7, 1918, near Littlehampton, England.

Chapel of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, England.


While a student at Eton, Parry took music lessons from George Elvey. The instruction was so successful that Parry earned a Bachelor’s of Music from Oxford at age 18. After graduation, he worked for three years as a clerk at the insurance company of Lloyds of London. He published his first orchestral work in 1878 (Piano Concerto in F# Minor), and went on to compose a wide variety of works: oratorios, librettos, chamber pieces, cantatas, odes, choral works and solo songs.

In 1883, Parry became a teacher at the Royal College of Music, and rose to be its second director (1894–1918). During this period, he published several books, including The Art of Music (1893 & 1896) and The Music of the Seventeenth Century (1902). He was knighted in 1898, and made a baronet in 1903. His setting for Milton’s Blest Pair of Sirens, and his Jerusalem were both sung at the wedding of Britain’s Prince William & Catherine Middleton in Westminster Abbey, London, April 29, 2011.

  1. Amberley
  2. Angmering
  3. Gaudium Cæleste
  4. Intercessor
  5. Jerusalem
  6. Laudate Dominum
  7. Pilgrim Brothers
  8. Repton
  9. Rustington