IAN PARROTT (1916 - )

'...a colourful, penetrating and unorthodox mind...'
(Malcolm Boyd, GROVES)

An impeccable musical pedigree earned at the Royal College of Music and on scholarship at Oxford, which awarded him a DMus in 1940, launched this composer into a distinguished career which along with composition included music lectureships at Birmingham University and the University College of Wales.

Though English by birth (London) and upbringing, Parrott has identified himself closely with music in Wales, and his own creative work from about 1950 is coloured by a practical interest in the Welsh language and Welsh culture. He has written widely on Welsh music and other musical subjects, including several important reference books. His works include four operas, chamber and orchestral pieces, four string quartets, five symphonies, and a symphonic poem, LUXOR, which was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society's first prize in 1949 and is in this catalogue. Conductors of his works have included Boult and Barbirolli.

The recipient of various honours, Parrott was awarded a Gresham Professorship, London, the Harriet Cohen International Musicology Medal, the John Edwards Award, Guild for Promotion of Welsh Music, and the J. Rooper Prize for his second string quartet. For many years he has served as Vice-President of both the Elgar Society and the Peter Warlock Society. A Fellow of Trinity College of Music, and the London College of Music, in 1955 Ian Parrott became a founder member of the Guild for the Promotion of Welsh Music.

'Professor Parrott states that his aim as teacher and composer has been to retain a sense of wonder regarding artistic creation, to ensure that music is foreground rather than background and to praise God.' (from THE INTERNATIONAL REGISTER OF PROFILES, 10th Edition. Cambridge. 1990)

Piano, vocal pieces
Orchestral: Luxor, Arfordir Ceredigion ('A vigorous and triumphant musical sea-scape,
portraying the West Wales coastline.'), Fifth Symphony ('The work is too fine for us to dare neglect; it is musically strong in invention and contrapuntal vigour and has that rare quality of unashamed audience appeal')