Saffron Walden Arts Trust (SWAT) will host a talk by Edward Gildea “Why the music to ‘Jerusalem’ is wrong” on Sunday 18th February at 7pm at Fairycroft House.
The event is free to SWAT members and £5 for non-members. Tickets will be available at the door.
Edward Gildea will explore the background and significance of William Blake’s visionary poem (c.1808), and how the music of Parry (1916) transformed it into a patriotic anthem. The talk will include other extracts of Blake’s visionary poetry and thus take the audience from disease ridden 18th century London to the outer reaches of the Universe.
Edward Gildea is a former teacher and now Essex based adventurer, who became a passionate environmental activist as the result of sailing around the world and mountaineering. In addition to being a guerrilla planter of snowdrops, primroses and daffodils, he is now standing as the Green Party candidate.