Hallelujah Chorus: Classical Music and Flash Mobs Belong Together
The Hallelujah Chorus is one Christmas song that I will always remember. When I was in grade 9 I was in the school choir, we started rehearsing for the Christmas concert in September or October. It brings back good memories. I never felt like I fit in at high school, the only time I felt truly happy was when I was in music class or choir rehearsal. The only thing I regretted was that I was a soprano; the altos always seemed to get the good parts to sing.
George Friderick Handel wrote the English-language oratorio the Messiah in 24 days in 1741; the libretto is based on the books of the Bible. The Hallelujah Chorus concludes part two of the Messiah which “covers the Passion, death, resurrection, ascension, and the later spreading of the Gospel,” It is a dramatic piece that cannot fail to move those who hear it.
While most renditions of the Hallelujah Chorus are basically the same, I wanted to highlight a new trend; the Flash Mob Hallelujah Chorus. I first heard about this trend when a choir in Welland,Ontario took over the food court of a local mall. This was widely shown on Canadian media and even now it brings a tear to my eye. Flash mobs performing the Hallelujah Chorus have performed at airports, malls and markets. This world-wide trend has taken over YouTube now and there are sure to be more to come.
Diners were surprised when some amongst them started singing. This video has been seen widely on Canadian television.
These people had orchestral accompaniment .
What a great way to be seen off on your flight.
There was an orchestra playing along with the singers here.
This chorus performs various Christmas music at flash mobs. This was at the West Side Market.
Would you take part in a Hallelujah Chorus Flash Mob? If I was more secure about my current singing voice I would. I would, however, love to experience one. Have you ever been caught in the middle of a flash mob? Share your comments and memories below.