17. February 2018 · Comments Off on Divine Madness · Categories: Society News

Divine Madness : The Visions of William Blake
Wednesday 21 February 2018 at 6 pm
Waterstones Bookshop, 82 Gower Street, London WC1E 6EQ
Composer Graham Treacher will be joined by leading Blake Scholar Jason Whittaker (Head of English and Journalism at the University of Lincoln) to unpick Blake’s visionary texts Milton and Jerusalem and the process through which Treacher has translated these into music.
The evening will include a screening of the new multi-media work Divine Madness : The Visions of William Blake, first performed at King’s Place in the heart of Blake’s London in November 2016. Scored for Tenor solo (Charles Daniels), actor (Oliver Ford Davies) and six viols (Fretwork) with a background visual score by Robert Golden, the work tackles the complexities of Jerusalem using texts from Milton to make sense of Blake’s final and intriguing poem. It culminates in a new setting of And did those Feet in Ancient Time.
The evening will begin with an introduction to Jerusalem followed by the film of Divine Madness and a discussion between composer and scholar interrogating the interplay between music, image and poetry.
Blake Society Members and students: £4, non-members £6. Tickets from:

10. January 2018 · Comments Off on Film : The Vision of William Blake (1958) · Categories: Society News

Friday 12 January 2018 at 6 pm
Waterstones Bookshop, 82 Gower Street, London WC1E 6EQ
The AGM will be followed by a showing of the 1958 documentary film The Vision of William Blake by Oscar-winning documentarist Guy Brenton. It was produced by the British Film Institute’s Experimental Film Fund, with music by Ralph Vaughan Williams and readings of Blake’s poems by Bernard Miles and Robert Speaight.
‘The main intention of this film is not to examine the artistic achievement of William Blake, but to illustrate, by a comprehensive use of his books and pictures, the story of a spiritual journey, the theme of a man struggling to free his soul from the bondage he felt to be the state of man.’ – Monthly Film Bulletin
‘Blake’s flamelike bodies, writhing, strenuous, ecstatic, stream across the screen with a sense of movement beautifully liberated by the camera’s ability to prowl about a picture and detail after detail fastened upon in the terrifying enlargement of close-up remains obstinately bitten into the memory.’ – The Times.
Annual General Meeting
The AGM of the Blake Society will immediately precede this film.

14. December 2017 · Comments Off on Tithe Grant Award 2017 · Categories: Society News

On Wednesday 13 December 2017 the Award Ceremony was held at the City of London Archives.

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the Tithe Grant Award for 2017 is Will Franken.

Our Congratulations !

For more information see Tithe Grant