Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Gambier Parry 1896 – 1918

Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry was an English composer, probably best known for his setting of William Blake’s poem, Jerusalem. Born in Bournemouth, Hampshire, and brought up at Highnam Court, Gloucestershire, he was the second son of Thomas Gambier Parry, of Highnam Court, Gloucester – an amateur artist.His grandfather was a director of the East India Company, and his grandmother was a member of a well-known naval family, which included Lord Gambier, the Admiral of the British fleet. Charles Hubert was educated at Malvern, Twyford, near Winchester, and then at Eton (from 1861), and then at Exeter College, Oxford.While still at Eton he wrote music and two anthems that were published in 1865. He took the degree of Mus.B. at Oxford at the early age of eighteen, and later earned a B.A. in 1870.

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