Fun Hallelujah Chorus Videos

The Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah

The holiday season means its time for Christmas music! Whether you enjoy traditional songs or Christmas carols, one of everyone's favorite tunes is the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah. The popular, uplifting song has easy to remember lyrics, drawn from the oratorio written by the baroque composer, Handel in 1741. Despite the Hebrew origins of the word "Hallelujah," (literally, praise Yah, or God), the overall Messiah celebrates Jesus as Christ, and is based on the King James Bible and the Book of Common Prayer.

Several years ago, my husband and I went to a symphony/professional choir performance of the entire Messiah, not until the end of the second act were we treated to the Hallelujah chorus. At its conclusion, there was not a dry eye in the house, and a standing ovation!

Over time, the Hallelujah Chorus has evolved into a Christmas song, and is often included on Christmas music CDs. Live performances of the chorus usually occur during the holiday season, as well.

There are a number of fun Hallelujah chorus videos that have been created. From flash mobs, to silent monks, and now even school children in Alaska perform the timeless classic. I can't think of a better time of year than to share these festive videos.

The Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah
The Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah | Source

Words to Handel's Hallelujah Chorus

The words to Handel's Hallelujah Chorus are brief, but repeated many times during the song:

Hallelujah, for the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth, Hallelujah!
The Kingdom of this world is become the Kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign for ever and ever, Hallelujah!
King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, and he shall reign for ever and ever, Hallelujah!

Kind of boring out of context, don't you think? So let's watch a few fun Hallelujah chorus videos, and listen to the classic song!

Hallelujah Chorus in Alaska

This video is my favorite new offering in 2011. A group of school children and residents of Qunhagak, Alaska perform a heartwarming version of the "mute monks" Hallelujah chorus, raising signs that contain each word - or word syllable - in the song to the music.

Its mostly set in the snow, not surprisingly, but yet nobody seems very cold! Adorable children and somber adults in workplaces hold up the signs to the tempo of the Hallelujah chorus. You see them raise the signs from behind fences, under elevated structures, in grocery stores and post offices. It is literally a celebration, praising God from all aspects of life in this small town in Alaska.

Watch the video and you can't help smiling!

Hallelujah Chorus in Quinhagak Alaska

Food Court Flash Mob Hallelujah Chorus

This is probably my favorite Hallelujah chorus video. It debuted in 2010 and instantly became a viral video. People in this food court in Niagara, Canada were simply going about their business, eating lunch, talking, and relaxing after some holiday shopping. The next thing they knew, the introduction to Handel's classic song begins and one person stood up to start singing, "Hallelujah!" More and more people join in, and soon it is clear that this impromptu concert was planned!

The music is wonderful; its amazing that these "strangers" have such beautiful voices. But perhaps the best part of the video are the perplexed and amused expressions of the unsuspecting shoppers!

As noted on the YouTube channel, the flash mob was organized by http://www.AlphabetPhotography.com to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! You can even purchase the audio at iTunes!

Hallelujah Chorus Flash Mob at the Food Court

"Silent Monks" Perform Hallelujah Chorus

You can find many of these Hallelujah chorus videos on YouTube, with hooded monks silently raising signs to the song. But this 2008 version of high school students is both entertaining and funny.

Watch these actors really get into the performance. Using hands and feet and overly dramatic gestures, its no wonder this video of silent monks performing the Hallelujah chorus is the most popular one on YouTube, with over 9 million hits as of the date of this publication.

It's a real treat - enjoy:

Silent Monks Perform the Hallelujah Chorus

Flash Mob Sings Hallelujah Chorus in Seattle, Washington

As a longtime resident of Seattle, Washington, I really loved this Hallelujah chorus video for several reasons. First, I grew up listening and loving the piano player at Nordstrom. Second, the idea of singing along to classic piano (rather than playing the music myself) was always romantic to me.

While not as impressive as the Niagara flash mob video above, this rendition of the Hallelujah chorus is still festive and entertaining. Listen, watch and enjoy!

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

Hallelujah Chorus Flash Mob in Seattle, Washington

© 2011 Stephanie Hicks

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Charlotte B Plum 5 years ago

Oh I really enjoyed these videos! I would have never thought of a hub on this topic! love it! =)


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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks Charlotte! I love music and Christmas, so this was a perfect mix. Cheers and Happy Holidays! Steph


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robie2 5 years ago from Central New Jersey

what a great idea for a hub-- love it!!!! Hallelujah and voted up up up


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brianlokker 5 years ago from Washington DC metro area

I love the Hallelujah Chorus and the entire Messiah -- I sang it a few times in large symphony/chorus performances. These videos are great choices, all moving in their own way. In fact, I felt compelled to stand up while I watched them! :) I especially love the food court flash mob video. I've seen it before but it's still inspirational. And I got a laugh out of the sled dogs in the Alaska video. Beautiful!


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

What great selections, Steph, both moving and humorous. Especially enjoyed the Alaskan children (and dogs). Thank you for this imaginative hub and holiday treat.


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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Robie, thank you! Had a lot of fun with this one!

@Brian, I am totally with you. The music itself can bring a tear to your eye. How awesome for you to take part in a symphony/chorus production of the Messiah!

@drbj, yes - humorous and inspirational. I love the power of music! Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas! Steph


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

What a neat idea for a hub. I do think the first video is my favorite, although there are many things I like about the hub mob setting. Thank you for sharing--Merry Christmastide to you!


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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thank you! I really like the first video, too. Merry Christmastide to you, as well!! Cheers, Steph


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Too fun! I love the Hallelujah chorus. This was a great topic for the holidays.


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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks RC - best to you this season! Steph


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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

I loved every one of these! Perhaps this was my favorite, though - Quinhagak Alaska! Thanks for the fun salute to the season!


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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thanks RedElf - I think I liked the Alaska rendition of the Hallelujah Chorus best, too! Cheers and Happy Holidays, Steph


Derdriu 4 years ago

Steph: What a heartwarming collection of versions of the Hallelujah chorus! Each of your videos has its own special contribution. But it is particularly impressive to witness the children's performance.

Thank you for sharing, etc.,

Derdriu

P.S. Did you notice where the silent monk dropped his card?


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Hi Derdriu,

Thank you! That part where the silent monk dropped his card was my favorite part of that video! LOL!! Glad you enjoyed this collection of Hallelujah Chorus renditions. Cheers, Steph


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Hi Steph,

What a clever, informative and entertaining hub. Of course I loved the first flash mob too. Happy Holidays!

Sharyn


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon Author

Thank you Sharyn,

Glad you loved the videos too! Happy Holidays to you, Steph

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