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Enjoy guaranteed tickets to all events throughout the Parry Festival weekend with our inclusive Parry Pass. Price: £125.

To book call: 01452 768928



Gloucester Choral Society has several reasons to be thankful for the life and work of Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry.

Firstly for his direct contribution to the English choral repertoire including such favourites as I Was Glad, Blest Pair of Sirens, and of course Jerusalem; secondly, for his indirect contribution as Director of the Royal College of Music and teacher of such great figures as Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst, John Ireland and Frank Bridge; and thirdly, and more personally, as our honorary president until his death in 1918.

In 2018, as well as marking the centenary of Parry’s death, Gloucester Choral Society will also celebrate ten years under the baton of a more contemporary figure of English choral music: Adrian Partington.

One of Adrian’s first major concerts with us was the centrepiece of our Vaughan Williams in Spring festival in 2008, so what better way to combine these anniversaries than a festival to celebrate Parry and his contribution to English music?

Our varied programme celebrates the full range of Parry’s life and work: as a composer for both the concert stage and church service, with performances of his music for large choir, small choir, and chamber ensemble; as a teacher, with performances of the works of some of his pupils, and by current students of the Royal College of Music; and as a local boy, with a day of events in Highnam, including the church where he played the organ, and lunch in the grounds of Highnam Court, his childhood home. We will also hear from his biographer Jeremy Dibble, from distinguished musicologist Stephen Johnson, and from HRH the Prince of Wales in his documentary film The Prince and the Composer. If all this sounds tempting, we’re offering a Parry Pass, which will give you discounted admission to all of the ticketed events and a free Festival Programme.

Full Schedule


Date Time Event Price
14 Apr 9:30am Come & Sing Workshop £20
4 May 7:30pm Film Screening £10
5 May 12:30pm
Organ Recital
Pre-Concert Talk
Gala Concert
£30, £25,
£18, £10
6 May 10:15am
Choral Eucharist
Choral Evensong
Saint Cecilia Singers Concert
7 May 9:30am
Highnam Day Choral
NB: All seats unreserved except for Gala Concert (Front, mid and rear nave are reserved, £10 side aisles are unreserved)