Famous uses of the hymn include:
- At the end of The Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall
- At the end of the Labour Party Conference
- At the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton
- At the opening ceremony of The 2012 Summer Olympics in London
- Chariots of Fire
- Four Weddings and a Funeral
- The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
- Calendar Girls
- Start Trek: Deep Space Nine
- And many more
'Jerusalem's' popularity is largely due to the wonderful tune by Parry. Known as a 'good sing', it's a rousing, uplifting hymn that carries the singers along. As the hymn has been very popular since 1917 it is embedded in the psyche of many. Even if you have not sung it before, it's surprising how much you know once you begin to sing it!
In a funeral service, 'Jerusalem' is most suitable as an exit hymn, so everyone leaves the funeral on a positive uplifting note. It's also only 2 verses long making it ideal for short funeral services and crematorium services.
We enjoy singing this and have a version recorded just to remind you what a wonderful tune it is; have a listen.