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St James’s Piccadilly’s season celebrating the visionary poet

28 Broad Street (now Broadwick Street) in an illustration of 1912. Blake was born here and lived here until he was 25. The house was demolished in 1965
28 Broad Avenue (now Broadwick Avenue) in 1912.
Blake was born right here and lived right here till he was 25.
The home was demolished in 1965

William Blake was baptised at St James’s Church, Piccadilly on 11 December 1757 (even if his dad and mom had been Dissenters). In celebration of this anniversary, the church is presenting a season of occasions, programmed in collaboration with The Blake Society. Visions & Voices Pageant: Echoes of William Blake runs from 12 November to 11 December 2022.

On the anniversary of Blake’s baptism, there’s a live performance by The Blake Singers, a brand new choir specializing within the efficiency of choral settings of poetry and literature fashioned by Didier Rochard and Sarah Rennix, with students and graduates from music faculties. The live performance will embrace Blake settings by Tavener and Elgar, alongside up to date composers resembling Gabriel Jackson, plus RVW’s Blake Songs and Britten’s Songs and Proverbs of William Blake.

Different occasions embrace The Westbrook Blake, jazz legend Mike Westbrook’s settings of Blake’s poetry, initially written in 1971 for the Nationwide Theatre manufacturing of Adrian Mitchell’s Tyger, singer/composer Susheela Raman and guitarist Sam Mills exploring Blake’s poetry alongside spoken phrase performances by Jason Whittaker, and former beatbox champions Reeps One and Bellatrix in an occasion known as Channelling: Human Voice as a technique of introspection.

Full particulars from the church’s web site.



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