December 12th 2015
Grubby Mitts single Launch, London
Rare Grubby Mitts gig to put in your diarys. Guest act to be revealed soon... Could it be a stripped down J.P.Ch.Orch show? Who knows? (we do).
More details soon
November 2015 -
Thrilled to announce that large steps have been made towards a performance of An Anthology Of All Things, Feb 2017 by Bremen Uni in Germany. Re-written for full Symphony Orchestra and 100 piece choir.
12 June -
'Rebuild it Piece by Piece', and 'Movement VI:Romantic Statements' will be played on Resonance 104.fm at 2pm
March 2nd 2015, 7.45pm
Johnny will be performing as part of SIMON MUNNERY 's FYLM schOOL comedy show
Park Road Methodist Church, Black Tom, Bedford
Finally filling the cavernous lack of decent sea anemone-based music videos, here is our visual for 'Lying Ahull', made with Andy Holden (The Grubby Mitts). Special shout out for the little fella at the end who strives for more than the tentacle he was dealt, thinking outside of the tank.
A small selection of different Johnny Parry Chamber Orchestra players have been meeting up to stripped-down ambient recordings of various tracks in various spaces...
We are tickled pink to discover that 'An Anthology Of All Things' was in the
Guardian, listed by the classical editor, Imogen Tilden, in her Top Ten Albums of 2014.
Our tracks Hotel Floor and Fields & Birds & Things have been used in this lovely film by
Jordan Marzuki reflecting on bereavement via the stunning Turkish landscapes and culture.
Ensemble Magazine ran a feature on An Anthology of All Things.
We also made it onto the front cover!
Click here to read the full feature.
CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY
May 2014: Video for Movement VI - Romantic Statements
MAY 2014: Review in Monocle Magazine
"The most beautiful piece of music you will hear all year."
May 2014: Album review by Listen With Monger
"A great advert for the power of music to unite, entertain and communicate…
an utter triumph."
May 2014: Interview with Johnny in PRS M-Magazine
"Think the Polyphonic Spree veering with more mournful and the majestic orchestration
and you’ll be homing in on the heart beat of his sound."
May 2014: Album Review of An Anthology of All Things
& video exclusive for Movement V - Park Benches...
"Its gratifying to know that even in this day and age, communities can be brought together by music,
especially music as startling and beautiful as this."
May 2014: Early review of An Anthology Of All Things, plus exclusive track
By 'GOD IS IN THE TV'...
"A richly rewarding listening experience, an incredible achievement of such complexity
and planning… In short. Divine."
Very exciting to be on the long list for one of Glastonbury's main stages as part of their Emerging Talent Competition. Full list here...
The site 'Devil Has The Best Tuna' wrote this lovely article about us and specifically our song 'Rebuild it Piece by Piece'...
"It's a track that transcends musical genres and comes bloody close to transcending music. It's an impressive, unique and incredibly powerful track that sounds like Sufjan Stevens and Nick Cave joining forces with a host of angels to perform the soundtrack to the life of Edgar Allen Poe. Simply amazing."
CONCERTO MAGNIFICENT: AN ANTHOLOGY OF ALL THINGS
LIVE AT BEDFORD CORN EXCHANGE, 27/09/2012
photos by Graham Watson
Produced and commissioned by Bedford Creative Arts
Please visit http://bcachoir.johnnyparry.com/ donate a little about yourself and become part of the text for the work.
Or even get in touch to join the choir.
Clash Magazine Live Review
Five star review of Union Chapel Concert
“an astonishing blend of classical, alternative and experimental music
that exudes enough emotion to captivate any open-minded music fan.”
Recomended "Expect a spectacular cacophony of string, brass,
percussion and woodwind sections, plus opera singers
and projections of Andy Holden's specially tailored films.
New Album 'Fields & Birds & Things'...
Album Launch concert at the Union Chapel, 9th June. More details soon.
"Johnny Parry vaults his way from being just another singer-songwriter to something
more akin to the UK's equivalent of Sufjan Stevens, an artist with a distinctive musical vision"
'Find Your way home' video exclusive with the 405
"audio and visuals seem to come together into something entirely fitting and wonderful."
Clash Magazine - 'Essential Ten' section,
"This is an impressive, innovative and unique piece of work.
If at first the shell seems difficult to break, persevere. Lurking inside is an unusual and enchanting box of secrets."
"For once that most ill-fitting cliche 'widescreen' might just be appropriate."
Elusive Little Comments
"THIS may certainly well be the most ambitious record of 2012.
Genius...everything seems to fall in place to create a simply astonishing piece of music."
Exclusive new song & film, Keep Kicking & Screaming, on forfolksake.com
Preview review in MOJO
"Complex, cinematic music that builds intricate landscapes of sound...
Compelling... Intoxicating... an unusual delight"
Preview review in Monocle
"It's a place you imagine to be strewn with broken pianos and un-posted love letters written in blood. But wait! It's a beautiful place with a full chamber orchestra"
Planet notion -
"Johnny Parry and that thirty-piece orchestra of his graced the stage, and oh my, what a treat they were. Beginning with ‘Kicking and Screaming Alternate Version,’ an uplifting build of strings, brass and drums, with Parry’s ever present, wonderfully gruff vocals joined by his small but perfectly formed chorus. And everything which followed was just as enjoyable. A live setting is hands down the best way to experience the Johnny Parry Chamber Orchestra. There is a wonderful juxtaposition of darkness and melancholy with lighter tones, irony with honesty, humour with sobriety. Each element of the orchestra complements the others perfectly, and each track is accompanied by a short film or animation, courtesy of Andy Holden. They are certainly a talented bunch who know how to put on a good show. And Parry’s inter-song chit-chat was equally engaging, witty and relaxed, he even brought forth a couple of bellowing belly-laughs. It was an hour of visual and aural delight which seemed to pass all too quickly."
(follow link to see the photos)
"Johnny Parry, far from a household name, surely deserves more recognition and praise than he's getting right now. Consistently tackling unusual projects and concepts with the help of videographer Andy Holden, and a plethora of musicians including regulars David Lynch and Ben Milway (who make up the rest of the Johnny Parry Trio), his performances are simply beautiful. How talent this big has gone under the radar for so long escapes me, but I suspect this is all about to change if Saturday's jaw-dropping performance was anything to go by!"
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