The inspiration behind the Anthem was to create a community song that reflected the beauty and spirituality of Glastonbury, a song that could serve to bring our community together. A song through which we can all express the many gifts we can offer to the world and brings us all together in our community activities, our festivals, our schools and in our everyday lives.
Dr Lynne Sedgmore CBE has been coming to Glastonbury as a pilgrim since 1989, got married here in 1994 and moved here in 2010. So when Morgana West, co-founder and manager at Glastonbury Pilgrim Reception, had a powerful dream about creating a new song for Glastonbury and asked her to produce the lyrics, she felt deeply called to do so.
Both Morgana and Ananda O'Kelly helped to further develop the words. The music took longer via a classical version, then a guitar version until its culmination into a beautiful choral score written by Sally Pullinger for the Avalonian Free State Choir.