Saturday 5th May 2018

Saturday 5 May 2018 - 7.30 pm Cirencester Parish Church

The Glories of Parry and Stanford

including Parry: Blest pair of Sirens, I was glad, My soul there is a country;  Stanford: Te Deum in C, The Lord is my shepherd, For lo! I raise up

Charles Stanford

2018 Hubert Parrysees the centenary of the death of Sir Hubert Parry. Parry conducted Cirencester Choral Society in 1905, a special moment in the Society’s history which influenced its choice of his inspiring, but rarely performed, Invocation to Music for its 150th Anniversary concert in May 2013. Five years on we take the opportunity again to present glorious music by this ‘Son of Gloucestershire’, in a programme celebrating also the work of his contemporary at The Royal College of Music, Sir Charles Villiers Stanford. Today the music of neither composer features much in the concert hall. While Parry’s choral music is best known in the context of ceremonial and royal occasions, Stanford’s principal contribution lives on in the day to day liturgy of the Anglican church. However their greater legacy, particularly Parry’s, is the profound influence they had on the musical styles of their students - the next, more illustrious, generation of English composers, including Holst, Elgar and Vaughan Williams.


Tickets (£12.50 adult, £6 student, £3 child) available from Cirencester Visitor Information Centre (01285 654180) from early April