Jerusalem

Sir Hubert Parry set William Blake’s poem of 1804 to music in 1916, scoring it for a soloist to sing the first verse and the chorus to join in the second verse, accompanied by the organ.

It did not become known as ‘Jerusalem’ until it was taken up by the Suffragettes in 1917-18, much to Parry’s delight, and he then orchestrated it for a Suffrage Demonstration Concert held in March 1918.

It also became a popular piece for school concerts – and was first performed at an OPS concert in July 1918.