New recording of Jerusalem

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JERUSALEM has been recorded for the first time as it was originally conceived nearly 100 years ago, thanks to a North East musicologist.

While researching for a new CD of the works of composer Charles Hubert Parry, Professor Jeremy Dibble, of Durham University’s Department of Music, found that the first verse was written for a solo voice, as opposed to the grand choral start typical of performances at The Last Night of the Proms.

The second verse was then intended to be sung by “all available voices”, according to Parry’s original published vocal score.

Jerusalem was originally written for the Fight for Right movement in 1916, and became a rallying call for the women’s suffrage movement.

It has become a standard of big sporting events, is the anthem of the Women’s Institute, and has been used in famous films Four Weddings and a Funeral, and Calendar Girls.

It has now been recorded for the first time in its original form by the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales, using Parry’s original orchestration rather than the more familiar Edward Elgar version.

It will feature on a new CD to be released in October, by Chandos Records.