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Sonnet XXVII

First line:
Weary with toil, I haste me to my bed
author of text

Parry’s versatility ranges from his work with King’s College, Cambridge at one extreme to The Swingle Singers at the other. As singer, music director, and arranger with this latter ensemble he toured the world and Sonnet XXVII (which was originally conceived as a cabaret song, and dedicated to his wife, Kathryn, of 30 years) picks up on many of the influences from his time with the group. It was first performed at Southwold Summer Theatre in 2011, before being revised for the National Youth Chamber Choir of Great Britain, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and the BBC Concert Orchestra to perform in concert on BBC Radio 2. Its performance would not be out of place at the Stables Theatre, Wavendon. Indeed, the music might be more consistent with performance crafted from a lead sheet rather than a detailed score. What is unmistakably Parry, however, are the rich harmonies, the clever rhythms, and the lyricism which adorns William Shakespeare’s (1564-1616) poem.

from notes by Richard Longman © 2020


Parry: The Hours - Choral Music by Ben Parry
Studio Master: SIGCD629Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 16 on SIGCD629 [3'03] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD629 track 16

Recording date
29 March 2019
Recording venue
Keble College Chapel, Oxford, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Ben Parry
Recording engineer
Dave Rowell & David Hinitt
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  1. Parry: The Hours - Choral Music by Ben Parry (SIGCD629)
    Disc 1 Track 16
    Release date: May 2020
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