Parry’s ‘I was glad’ sung again at Abbey

The Queen will enter Westminster Abbey this morning as the choir sings William Parry’s version of Psalm 122.

This is a repeat of the start of the Coronation service sixty years ago.

It will also be the moment to recall that Parry was born on Richmond Hill in Bournemouth and baptised at St Peter’s Church. The year was 1848 which is known as the ‘year of revolutions’ in Europe.

The composer came back in 1890 and again for Bournemouth’s centenary year 1910. By then┬áhis version of Psalm 122, I was glad, had been sung at Edward VII’s coronation as it was to be the following year for George V’s crowning.

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