Incredible ‘impromptu’ performance of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus sends shivers down the spine!

I want one day to see Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus performed in Lincoln Cathedral.

When Handel wrote Messiah, he thought he was being inspired by angels.

When Ernest Shackleton went on his doomed polar expedition to Antarctic he took with him Leonard Hussey, a meteorologist and banjo player.

The ship became trapped in pack ice and was slowly crushed and sank. Shackleton allowed every man of the crew to take with him off the ship 2lbs in weight of personal possessions.

An exception was made, Shackleton went back on board the sinking ship and saved Leonard Hussey’s banjo saying, “We must have that banjo. It’s vital mental medicine.”

When we hear Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus we understand what he meant by ‘vital mental medicine’.

Leonard Hussey survived, as did his banjo. It is now in the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth, its skin marked with a dozen signatures of members of the failed Shackleton expedition to the South Pole.

Vital Mental Medicine: Shackleton’s Banjo
Handel – Messiah – For unto us a child is born

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2 Responses to “Incredible ‘impromptu’ performance of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus”

  1. marie-christine Says:

    they handle it very well, don’t you think?:)
    for we shall have music, music, music

  2. Jane Stewart Says:

    Enjoyed the history and BBC broadcast too, thankyou!

    In 1999 was listening to this song (rather loudly) in my room when the landlady came upstairs smiling. She loved this song too and said one is supposed to stand when listening to it. Interesting.

    Beautiful beautiful music. Vital, mental medicine. A lot of music bypasses the mind and when the heart feels a song, the mind connects or reconnects with the heart. So to me, music is like a bridge, made of love, hope and faith.

    What a beautiful surprise this video is!

    Cheers Keith!

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