Second Blake Society Tithe Grant

This year the Tithe Grant takes the form of an award to be given to a musical setting of a short text by William Blake taken from Plate 77 of JERUSALEM The Emanation of the Giant Albion.

I give you the end of a golden string,
Only wind it into a ball:
It will lead you in at Heavens gate,
Built in Jerusalems wall.

Deadline : Entries will be accepted from 1 June 2012 until 11:59 pm GMT on 30 September 2012. Applications are to be submitted by email to

Application Process : Applications should take the form of either a digital file in MP3 format or a written score submitted as a pdf.

Intent : To avoid the Schiller Beethoven problem, entries are encouraged to be short.

Judging : The winning entry will be judged by a panel including the composer Judith Weir whose many works include a setting of another four lines by Blake ‘The Guardian Angel’, and, the Rector of St James’s Church, Lucy Winkett, formerly Canon Precentor in charge of music at St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

Award : The Tithe Grant is calculated to be one tenth of the income of the Society in the previous year’s accounts and so the amount of the 2012  Tithe  Grant will be £343.60.

Timeline : The recipient of the grant will be announced in November 2012.

Performance : The winning entry will be performed at the Blake Birthday Concert at St James’s Church in Piccadilly in London on the evening of 27 November 2012. Other shortlisted finalists may also be invited to perform.

Resonance : The same text has been chosen to be cut onto the ledgerstone to mark William Blake’s unmarked grave.

Regulations : Membership of the Blake Society is not required to enter the Tithe Grant competition. There are no restrictions on residence or citizenship or experience or genre. The winning entry should be capable of being performed at the Blake Birthday Concert.  The Society will take responsibility for the printing of scores and provision of performing material.  The Blake Society will do its best to promote the winning composition with the support of the Composer. The Blake Society will absorb the cost of any wire transfer or currency conversion fees entailed in fulfilling the payment of the award.

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