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John Orlando Parry

(1810—1879) actor and singer


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(b London, 3 Jan. 1810; d East Molesey, Surrey, 20 Feb. 1879). Welsh baritone and pianist. He studied the harp with Nicolas Charles Bochsa but was more gifted as a singer and entertainer. Accompanying himself on the piano, he excelled in simple ballads and comic songs; he was also renowned as a mimic, imitating celebrated singers with panache in his Buffo trio italiano (1837). He gave up singing in 1849 and produced a popular entertainment, Notes, Vocal and Instrumental, with words by Albert Smith. In 1853 he retired owing to ill health and became organist at St Jude's, Southsea. He composed many songs and glees and wrote dances for the piano.

From The Oxford Companion to Music in Oxford Reference.

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