Parry Festival: Highnam Day

Mon 7 May

Gloucester Choral Society 2017 / 2018 Season

Parry Festival: Highnam Day


A ticket for the Highnam Day covers all events during the day, morning coffee, afternoon tea and fully catered buffet lunch in the gardens of Highnam Court. Tickets for individual events on this day cannot be purchased separately.


From 9.30am: Morning Coffee
10.30am: Instrumental Recital: Students of the Royal College of Music
12noon: Buffet Lunch in the gardens of Highnam Court
2pm: Talk: Prof. Jeremy Dibble: Tradition and Innovation in Parry’s Choral Music
3pm: Afternoon Tea
4.30pm: Choral Evensong sung by members of Gloucester Choral Society


Vaughan Williams: Rise heart!

Dibble (after Parry): Responses

Vaughan Williams: The Old Hundredth         

Parry: Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in D

Vaughan Williams: Antiphon        

Parry: Chorale Prelude on “Hanover”


This day forms the unique element of the Parry festival, as we move to the village of Highnam where Parry lived as a child.

Students from the Royal College of Music, where Hubert Parry was director and taught composition to many of England’s finest composers, will give a recital featuring music by Parry and his pupils. It will be a real privilege to hear some of the most gifted musicians in the world at the very start of their careers, and a great tribute to Parry’s enduring legacy as a composer and teacher.

At lunchtime we will walk across the field to Highnam Court, Parry’s childhood home. There will be an opportunity to explore the beautiful gardens and to see the music room where Parry played the piano.

After lunch, join Professor Jeremy Dibble, Parry’s biographer and a great authority on British music of the Victorian, Edwardian and Georgian eras, for an illustrated talk on Parry’s choral music. This will be a fascinating talk by the leading Parry scholar in the country.

Round off the Festival with choral evensong, accompanied by the organ which Parry used to play.  This will be a very special day with rare opportunities to experience Parry’s music in the place where he grew up and to see the landscape of his childhood. Tickets are limited so book quickly to avoid disappointment.

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