Glorious Chorus Sing Jerusalem Like You’ve Never Heard It Before


Jerusalem, sung acapela by award winning choir Glorious Chorus, is by far the best version you will have ever heard. Green Lane Films had the privilege of hearing it when it was commissioned to film their concert in Totnes.

Filmmaker Emma Goude got shivers when the Glorious Chorus performed this heavenly version of the famous song.

William Blake‘s poem that Jerusalem was taken from, according to Wikipedia, “was inspired by the apocryphal story that a young Jesus, accompanied by Joseph of Arimathea, a tin merchant, travelled to what is now England and visited Glastonbury during his unknown years.  In the most common interpretation of the poem, Blake implies that a visit by Jesus would briefly create heaven in England, in contrast to the “dark Satanic Mills” of the Industrial Revolution.”

Glorious Chorus’ rendition, arranged by Helen Yeomans, expresses the longing that Blake felt when he wrote it. Blake was a radical of his time and called on us to consider the environmental consequences of rampant industrialisation.

Choir Director Helen Yeomans returned to music after a 25 year absence when she had a yearning to sing. To her surprise, she found that not only could she sing but she could write songs too. Writing choral music was the ideal outlet for her creativity, which she could do around having children, and it was only a matter of time before she formed her own choir.

Glorious Chorus soon gained a reputation for original songs and passionate performances, and for Helen it was like a dam bursting open. “When I finally have some time to myself, I find songs come pouring in from nowhere,” says Helen. “It’s as if all lifes’ experiences and stories were meant to have expression in song, and I feel honoured to have the opportunity to bring them alive!”


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