Autumn Concert ~ 2013
Hubert Parry ~ I was glad

I was glad is an introit commonly used in the Anglican church, and also used as an anthem traditionally sung at the coronation of British monarchs.

Its most famous setting was written in 1902 by Sir Hubert Parry, which sets only verses 1–3,6,7. The text of the anthem consists of verses from Psalm 122, from the psalter found in the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.

Most of the content of the psalm is a prayer for the peace and prosperity of Jerusalem, and its use in the coronation service clearly draws a parallel between Jerusalem and the United Kingdom, as William Blake had in his poem Jerusalem (which Parry set to music later, in 1916).

Read about Hubert Parry.
Programme notes courtesy of Wikipedia.
This will be the choir's 3rd. performance. DCU last sang this work on 29th. June, 2002 (136th season).
Hubert Parry