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Sing Hallelujah

Aled Jones introduces a special programme celebrating the Sing Hallelujah project, which encourages people to discover the joy of singing through Handel's great Hallelujah Chorus.

Aled Jones introduces a special programme celebrating the Sing Hallelujah project. This nationwide initiative encourages people to find their voice and discover the joy of singing through Handel's great Hallelujah Chorus. Featuring highlights from two major singing events held in Glasgow and London, including a chance to hear some unique versions of the Hallelujah Chorus, recorded by massed choirs of largely amateur singers. Aled shares in the fun with participants in Manchester and makes a sweep across the UK to see some of the hundreds of groups who have registered their performances online. The BBC Singers provide music and presenter Sara Mohr-Pietsch joins Aled with news from the London event.

Playlist:
Elmer Bernstein
The Hallelujah Trail (excerpt)
Arizona State University Concert Choir, and The Phoenix Symphony, conducted by James Sedares
Koch 372222, track 16

George Frideric Handel
Messiah - Hallelujah Chorus (extract)
English Concert conducted by Trevor Pinnock
CORO 16062

Live in the studio:
William Byrd
Sing Joyfully
BBC Singers, conducted by Nicholas Chalmers

Package from the Glasgow event on 5 December at City Halls

Including Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus
Performed by lots of participants from the day, members of the ENO chorus and orchestra, members of the BBC Singers, The Merchant Singers, and conductor Laurence Cummings

Rihards Dubra
Alleluia
Latvian State Chorus conducted by Māris Sirmais
Private CD

George Frideric Handel
Messiah - For unto us a Child is born
English Concert conducted by Trevor Pinnock
CORO 16062

Package of the Renewal gospel Choir based in Bristol
Including extracts from one of their rehearsals of
Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus gospel version, arranged by Quincy Jones

Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus rock version - Messiah Rocks
Sony Classical/Integrity Music, track 12

Live in the studio:
Henry Purcell
Sir Walter enjoying his damsel
‘Tis too late for the coach
3 and 4 solo male voices, members of the BBC Singers, directed by Nicholas Chalmers

Package from the London event on 6 December at London Coliseum
Including Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus
Performed by lots of participants from the day, members of the ENO chorus and orchestra, members of the BBC Singers, The Hackney Singers, and conductor Laurence Cummings

Package from Salisbury’s "Singing for the Brain ..." Alzheimers Society
Including extracts from one of their rehearsals of
Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

Traditional
What a friend we have in Jesus
Aretha Franklin and the Southern California Community Choir
Arista R2 75627, track 4

Live in the studio:
Arr. Bob Chilcott
Aka Tombo

segue

Arr. Bob Chilcott
All my trials, Lord
BBC Singers, conducted by Nicholas Chalmers, with pianist Iain Farrington

Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus recorded in Leicester Cathedral and by Canon Steven Foster. Performers include Radio Leicester presenter Rupal Rajani

Rodgers & Hammerstein
Carousel - You’ll never walk alone
Performed by Liverpool supporters at Anfield

Live in the studio:
Rodgers & Hammerstein
Carousel - You’ll never walk alone
BBC Singers, conducted by Nicholas Chalmers, with pianist Iain Farrington

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