RSCM Annual Lecture 2022

Parry's I was glad: the reinvention, ritual and pageantry of the modern coronation

A fascinating lecture by leading Parry expert, Professor Jeremy Dibble

Thursday 14 July
18:30 – 19:45 BST (Scroll down to book)

Composed for the coronation of King Edward VII in 1902, and sung at all following coronations, this majestic, much-loved anthem is being included this year in countless services and concerts as we celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of the RSCM’s Royal Patron, Her Majesty the Queen.

As well as looking at the original composition, Jeremy will lead us through the changes and developments following its initial use in 1902 and also of each and every coronation since.

Over the past twenty years Jeremy has edited many RSCM publications, including the RSCM edition of Parry I was glad, Songs of Farewell and Hear my words, ye people.

Nb. If the live-stream time does not work for you, do not worry! Your ticket will allow you to watch later at a more convenient time.


Those attending Jeremy Dibble’s lecture on Parry’s ‘I was glad’, either in person, or online, are entitled to a generous 30% discount on all works edited by Jeremy Dibble and published by the RSCM.

This includes Parry’s I was glad, as well as Songs of Farewell and Hear my words, ye people. Professor Dibble has also edited many works by Charles Villiers Stanford for the RSCM, including his Morning, Communion and Evening services in B flat and C, and Evening Services in G and A as well as the newly published Unison setting in D major. The 30% discount applies to all these works and will run from 15 July to 30 July!

Parry: I was glad
I was glad when they said unto me:
We will go into the house of the Lord.
Our feet shall stand in thy gates:
O Jerusalem.
Psalm 122


Professor Jeremy Dibble

After completing his PhD on Parry’s music at Southampton University, under Peter Evans, Jeremy Dibble lectured in music at University College, Cork, for six years before moving to Durham University in 1993 where he is a Professor of Music. A specialist on British and Irish music of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, he is the author of monographs on Parry (1992), Stanford (2002), Stainer (2007), Esposito (2010), Hamilton Harty (2013), the musical editor of the Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology (2013) and the joint editor (with Julian Horton) of British Musical Criticism and Intellectual Thought 1850-1950 (2018). He has also contributed work on Elgar, Charles Wood and Vaughan Williams. As President of the Stanford Society, he has devoted much time as a writer and editor to the music of Parry and Stanford. This has also included numerous collaborations with commercial recording companies such as Hyperion, Chandos, SOMM, Priory Records, EMI and Naxos. In 2021 he published his latest book, The Music of Frederick Delius: Style, Form and Ethos. At present he is working more on British music of the twentieth century which includes the music of Thomas Pitfield and William Alwyn.