Image for The Prince and the Composer: A Film about Hubert Parry by HRH The Prince of WalesNot currently available on BBC iPlayer

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Sir Hubert Parry is simultaneously one of Britain's best-known and least-known composers. Jerusalem is almost a national song, regularly performed at rugby grounds, schools, Women's Institute meetings and the Last Night of the Proms, while Dear Lord and Father of Mankind is one of Britain's best-loved hymns. Everyone knows the tunes, yet hardly anyone knows much about the man who wrote them.

In this film, HRH The Prince of Wales, a longstanding enthusiast of Parry's work, sets out to discover more about the complex character behind it, with the help of members of Parry's family, scholars and performers. This feature-length documentary by the award-winning director John Bridcut offers fresh insight into the life and work of Hubert Parry through the unique perspective of HRH The Prince of Wales.

Last on

Fri 8 Feb 2013 19:30 BBC Four

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    Aled Jones Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

  • Image for Choir of Westminster Abbey

    Choir of Westminster Abbey Laudate Dominum

  • Image for Choir of Winchester Cathedral, Waynflete Singers, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, David Hill

    Choir of Winchester Cathedral, Waynflete Singers, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, David Hill Choir of Winchester Cathedral, Waynflete Singers, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, David Hi

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    BBC Philharmonic Mixed Parry Symphony No 5

  • Image for BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC singers and audience

    BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC singers and audience Jerusalem

  • Image for Choir and Orchestra at Abbey

    Choir and Orchestra at Abbey Anthem 'I Was Glad'

  • Image for Westminster Abbey Choristers

    Westminster Abbey Choristers I Was Glad When They Said Unto Me

  • Image for Hiroaki Takenouchi

    Hiroaki Takenouchi Shulbrede Tunes Dolly

  • Image for Hiroaki Takenouchi

    Hiroaki Takenouchi Bogies and Sprites

  • Image for Westminster Abbey Choristers

    Westminster Abbey Choristers At The Round Earth's Imagined Corners

  • Image for London Symphony Orchestra

    London Symphony Orchestra Lady Radnor's Suite II Allemande

  • Image for Hiroaki Takenouchi

    Hiroaki Takenouchi Father Playmate

  • Image for Choir of Winchester Cathedral, Waynflete Singers, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/David Hill

    Choir of Winchester Cathedral, Waynflete Singers, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/David Hill Long Since in Egypt's Plenteous Land

  • Image for Peter Jacobs

    Peter Jacobs Hands Across the Centuries The Whirling Jig

  • Image for BBC Philharmonic

    BBC Philharmonic Parry Symphony No 5 Stress

  • Image for BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Chorus

    BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Chorus BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Chorus - Blest Pair of Sirens

  • Image for Hiroaki Takenouchi

    Hiroaki Takenouchi Hands Across the Centuries Suite for Piano Quasi Sarabande

  • Image for BBC Philharmonic

    BBC Philharmonic Parry Symphony No 5 II Love

  • Image for BBC Philharmonic

    BBC Philharmonic Parry Symphony No 5 III Play

  • Image for BBC Philharmonic

    BBC Philharmonic Parry Symphony No 5 IV Play

  • Image for Schola Cantorum, I Carta Orchestra

    Schola Cantorum, I Carta Orchestra Magnificat

  • Image for Choir of Westminster Abbey

    Choir of Westminster Abbey Lord Let Me Know Mine End

  • Prince Charles and Jerusalem's composer Hubert Parry

    Prince Charles and Jerusalem's composer Hubert Parry

    Director John Bridcut on the Prince of Wales' passion for Parry: "He felt Parry was a neglected figure who had written five marvellous symphonies, which hardly anyone has ever heard, with a quintessentially English flavour."

    Read and comment on John's post on the BBC TV blog

Credits

Presenter
HRH Prince of Wales
Presenter
HRH Prince of Wales
Director
John Bridcut
Director
John Bridcut
Producer
John Bridcut
Executive Producer
Peter Dale

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