Sir Hubert Parry auction: Lots of early works fail to sell

Sir Hubert Parry manuscripts Image copyright Chorley's
Image caption It is thought most of the collection has never been performed in public before

A collection of unpublished works by composer Sir Hubert Parry have failed to sell at auction.

Some 70 manuscripts were expected to fetch £30,000-£50,000 at Chorley's in Gloucestershire but the highest bid of £23,000 failed to meet the reserve.

Parry wrote some of the most famous choral music, including the hymn Jerusalem and the Coronation anthem I Was Glad.

For decades the work has been hidden away in a family archive.

Two of them were given world premieres at Gloucester Cathedral recently, but it is thought most of them have never been performed in public before.

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Image caption Sir Hubert Parry is perhaps most famous for composing the music for Jerusalem

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