John Parry

(1776—1851) instrumentalist and composer

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(b Denbigh, 18 Feb. 1776; d London, 8 April 1851). Welsh instrumentalist, composer>, and conductor. He settled in London in 1807. Between 1809 and 1829 he wrote and arranged music for entertainments at Vauxhall Gardens, Covent Garden, and Drury Lane. He often sang his own compositions in public. Proud of his Welsh ties, he conducted various eisteddfodau and cymrodorion, promoted the Cambrian Society, and published six collections of traditional Welsh melodies. He was treasurer of the Royal Society of Musicians (1831–49) and music critic of The Morning Post (1834–48).

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