I give you the end of a golden string
Only wind it into a ball
It will lead you in at Heaven’s gate
Built in Jerusalem’s wall
(Jerusalem, Plate 77)
In 2012 the Tithe Grant invited composers to set these lines by Blake to music. These lines are to be cut into the stone to mark Blake’s grave.
We received 35 entries from at least eight countries. The judges were the composer Judith Weir and Lucy Winkett, Rector of St. James’ Piccadilly. The winning composition was by Chris Williams, an Australian composer studying at Oxford.
The winning entry and three of the commended entries were premiered on 27th November 2012 at St. James’, sung by the Philharmonia Voices under the direction of Aidan Oliver. The evening included the presentation of the award by Ray Davies of the Kinks, and performances by Guy Pearson and the Beguilers.
The concert was recorded by This is Tomorrow. Follow the links below to listen.