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Hallelujah Chorus: Classical Music and Flash Mobs Belong Together

Updated on November 21, 2011

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.


Handel's Messiah

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.

Flash Mobs

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.

Welland, Ontario

Diners were surprised when some amongst them started singing. This video has been seen widely on Canadian television.

Edmonton, Ontario

These people had orchestral accompaniment .

Orlando, Florida

What a great way to be seen off on your flight.

Dublin, Ireland

There was an orchestra playing along with the singers here.

Cleveland, Ohio

This chorus performs various Christmas music at flash mobs. This was at the West Side Market.

Would you?

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.


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    Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    I loved this hub and the videos, Uninvited Writer! I've never experienced a flash mob Hallelujah Chorus, either as a listener or a participant, but I would love to take part in one. They sound and look like so much fun.

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    Dreamer at heart 6 years ago from Northern California

    We tried to do a Christmas flash mob last year but it was planned in an upstairs food court. There were so many people suddenly upstairs that the building was moving...sooo.. it was canceled... love this sharing... thanks! Happy Holidays! I wrote Twelve Wishes for Christmas...drop by.

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    Stephanie Hicks 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

    Great minds, Susan! That is funny that we both wrote similar hubs within about a week of each other. I was inspired when a friend sent me a link to the Alaska Hallelujah Chorus performance. Love all the flash mob videos you found! Cheers, Steph

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    Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

    Awesome and fascinating. Thanks for sharing! I had to chuckle about your opening statements...I was an ALTO and always wanted to be a soprano, LOL

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    Cindy Murdoch 6 years ago from Texas

    I didn't know that flash mobs were this popular. It's amazing how good they sound doing it like that. This is great!

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    Sherri 6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

    Welland is amazing. Love the lady on the cell phone. The Hallelujah Chorus isn't just for concert halls. Wish I were there having a roast beef sandwich there when she started to sing!

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    Chasing Riley 6 years ago from Los Angeles

    I saw the first one in the food court last Christmas when a friend sent it to me. I teared up too! I never knew that there were other flash mobs that did this song. I'm excited to watch them all. Thanks for the fun hub!