7.00 pm Friday 20 January 2017
Waterstones Bookshop, 203-206 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HD
Chris Wood sings Jerusalem
Chris Wood started out as a choirboy and much of his music bears the influence of those years spent among Bach, Handel, Gibbons and Boyce. He is one of the leading folk musicians of his generation.
Self-taught on guitar and violin, he is a lifelong autodidact – and his independent streak shines through in his composition and studio work.
‘I woke at 4 am one morning. Anyone trying to feed their family by making music knows that 4 am is the hour of the wolf. Blake’s poem Jerusalem was in my head but I could not remember it accurately because of the monster tune that Hubert Parry put to it. I got up and hunted down the words in an actual book and, without Parry’s music I could plainly see that this was a 4 am poem. Four questions which I believe Blake asks because he feels the answer may be, “no”.’
Chris Wood founded The English Acoustic Collective, a movable feast of musicians, writers, photographers and choreographers who look to England’s indigenous arts as their inspiration.
Annual General Meeting
The AGM of the Blake Society will immediately precede this concert.
An Agenda can be downloaded here: