Josephine Ashley (soprano) ; Joyce Case (contralto); Eric Sydney (tenor) ;
Julian Were (bass)
Augmented by : Phyllis Morgan (soprano) ; Joyce Sutton (contralto) ; Michael Lane
(tenor) ; Henry Leyland (baritone)
For twenty-two years, till his death in 1918, Sir Hubert Parry held the post of Director of the Royal College of Music. For most of the time Sir Charles Stanford was there with him, and these two exercised such a profound influence on the generation of students who came in contact with them that they may be said to have set the standards for, and coloured the minds of, almost all English musicians of this century.
Parry, as a composer, was prolific and untiring. His literary work, mostly on musical subjects, is solid, scholarly, and valuable. How he found time to do either, if not before breakfast, as it has been supposed, it is difficult to imagine. Perhaps it may he one reason for the fact that he was sometimes called the English Bach. Certainly another reason was the mastery and purity of his polyphonic style, which is shown at its best in his choral compositions, such as in the ' Songs of Farewell ' which consist of a series of motets.