The annual “Hallelujah” chorus performed by London’s Royal Choral Society was done virtually this year.
“Hallelujah” Chorus Performance
An annual “Hallelujah” chorus performance happens every Good Friday in the Royal Albert Hall since 1876. It has been a tradition for 144-years.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s performance had to be done in an innovative way. For the first time in history, the annual “Hallelujah” chorus performance was done virtually to keep the tradition alive.
The 82 members of the Royal Choral Society filmed themselves singing their part of the song in their homes.
“We are all saddened not to be performing Handel’s Messiah in person this year. And we’re particularly sorry that our audience members have been denied their annual performance of this magnificent work,” Richard Cooke, music director at the Royal Choral Society, said. “… But we’re proud to be able to present this special video. Which we hope goes some way to preserving this tradition.”
Virtual Choral Ensemble
Richard Cooke conducted the virtual chorus performance at his home’s garden and organist Richard Pearce provided the accompaniment.
“It’s not perfect – but then Royal Choral members were singing alone at home, rather than within the comfort of a 120-strong choir accompanied by the RPO [Royal Philharmonic Orchestra]! In these strange times, when we are missing our rehearsals and concerts together, performing ‘virtually’ has been the next best thing. And we hope that singers around the world will join with us to sing this great piece of choral music on this special day.”
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Reference: Christian Headlines