Parry Festival: Highnam Day

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Monday 7 May 2018

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  • 9:30am – Morning Coffee
  • 10:30am – Instrumental Recital: Royal College of Music
  • 12:00pm – Buffet lunch at Highnam Court
  • 2:00pm – Prof. Jeremy Dibble: Tradition & Innovation in Parry’s Choral Music
  • 3:00pm – Afternoon Tea
  • 4:30pm – Choral Evensong sung by Gloucester Choral Society Consort

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  • Church of the Holy Innocents
    Gambier Parry Hall
    Highnam Court

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  • Royal College of Music
  • Prof. Jeremy Dibble
  • Gloucester Choral Society Consort

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Tickets: £54 – includes all events during the day, morning coffee, afternoon tea and fully catered buffet lunch at Highnam Court (tickets for individual events cannot be purchased separately).

To book, click the button below or call the Three Choirs box office: 01452 768928 (lines open 10am-4pm, Monday-Friday).

The box office has closed for this event and tickets are no longer available (because we had to determine the numbers for catering in advance of the day).

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This day forms the most unique part 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 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 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, Professor Jeremy Dibble, Parry’s biographer and a great authority on British music of the Victorian, Edwardian and Georgian eras, gives an illustrated talk on Parry’s choral music.

Round off the Festival with choral evensong, accompanied by the organ that 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..

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