Famous People From Bournemouth Notable people with a connection to the Bournemouth area
Notable people with a connection to the Bournemouth area

Hubert Parry

Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry was born in Bournemouth in 1848 and is best known for the choral song Jerusalem

Hubert was the sixth child to be born to his upper middle class parents, three of his siblings dying while infants and his mother dying when he was 12 days old.

He was sent away to preparatory school, where he developed a love of music. From there he went on to be educated at Eton, and was the youngest person to have sat the Oxford Bachelor Of Music exam.

Hubert went to work as an underwriter with Lloyds Of London, but continued to study music, and in 1883 he was appointed professor of composition and musical history at the Royal College Of Music, where his pupils included Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst.

He was appointed a Knight Bachelor in 1898 and made a baronet in 1902.

His last years produced some of his most famous works, including Symphonic Fantasia (1912), Ode on the Nativity (1912), Jerusalem (1916) and the Songs of Farewell (1916-1918).

Hubert Parry passed away in 1918, during a Spanish flu epidemic, and he is buried in Saint Paul’s Cathedral in London. A blue plaque marks his birthplace in Richmond Hill in Bournemouth.