Music expert’s TV date with royalty

ROYAL DISCUSSION: Prof Jeremy Dibble, of Durham University.
ROYAL DISCUSSION: Prof Jeremy Dibble, of Durham University.
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A MUSIC expert will hit the high note of the festive television calendar when he features in a Christmas Day show alongside Prince Charles.

Professor Jeremy Dibble, from Durham University’s Department of Music, spent an hour with The Prince of Wales discussing the music of Sir Hubert Parry as part of a unique BBC documentary.

Professor Dibble is an expert on British music of the 19th and 20th centuries and produced a major study of the composer in 1992.

The Prince And The Composer, a film about Hubert Parry by The Prince of Wales, is the prince’s first film about classical music.

Sir Hubert Parry wrote Jerusalem, which is regarded as an anthem for the nation, and is regularly performed at rugby grounds, schools, Women’s Institute meetings and at the Last Night of the Proms.

Another of his compositions, Dear Lord and Father of Mankind, is one of Britain’s best-loved hymns.

In The Prince and the Composer, the Price of Wales, a long-standing enthusiast of Parry’s work, sets out to discover more about the complex character behind it with the help of Parry’s family, scholars and performers.

Prof Dibble said: “I have long admired Parry’s music and it is a particular thrill to see how the stature of this giant figure in British music is increasingly being recognised for his pioneering work as a composer, teacher, thinker and artistic leader.

“Parry the man and musician is full of surprises.

“Often thought to have been a traditional pillar of Britain’s musical establishment, this documentary reveals how Parry was a tortured, melancholy, nervous, lonely, yet deeply passionate man, an unbeliever, a radical thinker and someone who refused to follow convention.”

Durham University’s Department of Music is a world-leading centre for research on British music of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Professor Dibble produced a major book on Parry in 1992 and has been involved with a substantial number of commercial recordings of Parry’s music as well as scholarly editions and articles.

l The Prince and the Composer will be broadcast on BBC2 on Sunday at 3.10pm.

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