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Programme Notes

The anonymous poem ‘This is the Key’ is the first poem in Walter de la Mare’s anthology for children called Come Hither. It is a mysterious poem, is a kind of spell, or mandala, its cumulative lines gradually leading to a discovery at its centre of a moment of stillness, before the spell goes into reverse. The Key of the Kingdom was commissioned by Barbara Wakelyn.

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The Key of the Kingdom

Holy Trinity Church (Blythburgh, Suffolk, United Kingdom)

Ex Cathedra/Jeffrey Skidmore

The Key of the Kingdom

No Venue (Presteigne, Wales, United Kingdom)

Sine Nomine International Touring Choir

The Key of the Kingdom

St Mary of Charity Church (Faversham, Kent, United Kingdom)

City of Canterbury Chamber Choir/George Vass