To honour the centenary of Hubert Parry’s setting to music William Blake’s poem Jerusalem, The British Pilgrimage Trust (BPT) recently undertook a 125-mile dedicated journey on foot across “England’s green and pleasant land”. Setting off from central London, an eclectic band of singing pilgrims made their way to the Sussex coast, where Parry composed the anthem during the first world war.

From the words of a once little-known poet to an unofficial national anthem sung at international sporting events, political party conferences and royal weddings, Jerusalem’s rich ...


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