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Sam Robson's 'It Is Well With My Soul' Hymn Performance Shows The Awesome Power Of A One-Man Choir

Sam Robson proves that you only need one person to make a choir. His beautiful performance of Horation Spafford's popular hymn, "It Is Well With My Soul," is chillingly good.<p>The hymn has a tragic history that comes out in Robson's rendition. After the <i>SS Ville du Havre</i> sank in 1873, taking with it …

Pete Seeger And The Public Choir

Much will be said and has been said about Pete Seeger, who died Monday at 94, as an activist and musician. Blacklisted, tireless, stubborn, and funny, he wrote a lot of songs that seem to have simply always existed: "Where Have All The Flowers Gone?", "If I Had A Hammer," "Turn, Turn, Turn."<p>But he …

Choir Sings National Anthem From All 18 Stories Of A Hotel, Internet Collectively Weeps

It was the All State Choir conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Night fell and the competitors returned to the Hyatt hotel to rest up for the strenuous day of song ahead. But of course, music never sleeps.<p>In the video above, choir participants can be seen emerging from their rooms, joining together …

Soweto Gospel Choir Tours In North America, Paying Tribute To Nelson Mandela

The Soweto Gospel Choir from South Africa—which has performed with everyone from Bono and Diana Ross to Josh Groban and John Legend, and won an Emmy and two Grammys—is touring North America through mid-April, honoring the legacy of the late South African president, Nelson Mandela.<p>Choir master and …

Singing from the heart: Sydney Sings choir

Part of the One Voice program, the Sydney Sings Choir promotes choir singing in the community, bringing together people from all walks of …

Why I joined a choir (and why it’s the best)

An unspeakable day. Icy horizontal rain and the sky clamped down over the city like a grimy pot lid. The sort of afternoon that makes you think: There is no end in sight, only winter for our sins until we die.<p>Searching for respite, I stumbled into my local café and found the place steamed up with …

Xin Yin Children’s Choir Celebrates Disney's ‘it’s a small world’

Our celebration of the 50th anniversary of “it’s a small world” continues today with a video performance from the children’s choir, Xin Yin, which is …

Watch The Russian Army Choir Sing Adele's 'Skyfall'

The Russian Army decided to pop on in to a local morning show and sing the most recent <i>007</i> theme, ‘Skyfall’. It seems like an odd song choice but they …

PS 22 Choir Turns St. Vincent's 'Digital Witness' Into The Kookiest Lullaby

St. Vincent's "Digital Witness" isn't really the uplifting, tender kind of song that Staten Island's famed PS 22 Choir often covers. As the second single from St. Vincent's self-titled album, "Digital Witness" features funky horns and Annie Clark's somewhat-terrifying lyrics about social media. …

Michelle Williams' Reality Show 'Fix My Choir' Set For November Premiere

With all the drama surrounding Beyoncé' following Jay-Z's beat down at the hands of Solange Knowles, it's easy to forget that there's still two other …

Watch: Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" Performed by Russian Police Choir at Sochi Olympics Opening Ceremony

The ubiquity of Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" just hit a new peak at the Opening Ceremony for the Sochi Olympics. The Russian Police Choir performed an incredibly bizarre cover of the song, complete with solos and a little bit of choreography, on live television, and it's just... watch it here. Now.<p>The …

Daft Punk

Leaders of Unbelievably Talented All-Volunteer Choir Reveal Their Secret to Success

How can an all-volunteer choir or orchestra, whose members vary in age from 4-years-old to 68-years-old, maintain a world-class standard of excellence?<p>According to Brandon and Brett Stewart, the founding musical directors of Millennial Choirs and Orchestras, it’s a combination of hours of practice …

A crowd-puller for a choir of 1,000

Inspired by his experience at a football match, David Lang wrote Crowd Out – a piece that is performed by a 1,000-strong amateur choir but is all about the feelings of the individual<p>More than 20 years ago I was performing in London and staying at a friend's flat near the Arsenal stadium. One day, …

Dylan Thomas Poem to Become Syncronized Mobile Headphone Choir

Dylan Thomas' poetry will soon be translated into a new medium--music.<p>Celebrating the centenary of the poet's birth, Thomas' first published poem "And Death Shall Have No Dominion," will become a live participatory singing event for a synchronized headphone choir on June 21, conceived by Welsh …

Flute

Blind singer learns visual art of conducting a choir

How do you conduct a choir if you can't see the music or the performers in front of you?<p>For blind opera singer Victoria Oruwari this is the challenge she faces as she joins four other visually impaired musicians who have come together for a conducting masterclass before publicly taking the baton …

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World Choir Games: the lessons we must learn from Latvia

The hosts of the choral equivalent of the Olympics lead the way in singing out about national identity<p>The World Choir Games gets going in earnest this weekend. Now, if you’re going to choose a place to host the choral equivalent of the Olympics, you couldn’t find a better place than Riga, one of …

In Ethan Rose's 'Hum,' a Human Choir Adds Harmony to the Power Grid's Cold Buzz

Our deeply strange relationship to electricity, manifested with human voices and portable radios.<p>Image: substation near Yellowknife, Yukon/WinterCity296/WinterforceMedia<p>The way that we interact with the power grid here in the industrialized/post-industrial world is such that it might as well just …

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Berklee Gospel & Roots Choir, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2014

In the past, the Berklee Gospel & Roots Choir has been employed as a sort of Newport Folk Festival palate-cleanser: a way to kick off the day with something kind, approachable, reverent and rooted in many folk traditions. This year, with Mavis Staples on top of the bill, the group, which opens the …

Pitch Perfect: Oxford's All-Male Choir Covers Shakira!

Watch Out of the Blue, Oxford’s all-male a cappella group, covers 3 of Shaki’s hits ‘Hips Don’t Lie’, ‘Whenever, Wherever’ and ‘Waka Waka’ with …

24 Signs You Were A High School Choir Geek

You may be studying microbiology at a university. You may be working a desk job in sales. You may be interning at a PR firm. But back in high school, lest no one forget, you were a star. To be precise, a star of the choral variety.<p>Yes, the voice was your instrument and you played that thing all day …

K-pop star joins forces with North Korean choir to sing for reunification

Lee Seung-chul performed with a defector choir to launch Seoul’s ‘One Nation’ campaign for peace on the peninsula. The venue? Islands at the centre of a territorial dispute with Japan<p>South Korea’s much-loved K-pop star Lee Seung-chul has collaborated with a North Korean defector choir to launch a …

At Life's Last Threshold, Choir Brings Comfort

The Threshold Choir brings music to those on the threshold of life — people who are dying. The first group started about a decade and a half ago. Now there are choirs in 120 cities, and even a few countries.<p>One of the newer chapters is in Nashville. On a recent day, Tammy Heinsohn and two other …

Singing in a choir: Research shows it increases happiness.

<i>This essay is adapted from</i> <b>Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness While Singing With Others</b> <i>by Stacy Horn, out now from Algonquin Books.</i><p>I used to think …

Fijian peacekeepers in Iraq aren't just a battalion — they're a choir

The United Nations compound in Irbil, Iraq is an austere environment of asphalt, cement and blast walls, peppered with nondescript buildings where the organization’s employees live and work. But five days a week, at dawn and dusk, the drab landscape is briefly transformed by a Christian choir.<p>It's …

5 Leadership Lessons From The Mormon Tabernacle Choir

If you’re like many business leaders, you feel the pressure to produce measurable results.<p>But what if you had to do it in a conspicuously public way? And on a relentless schedule that never, ever, accommodates pesky little things like holidays or other forms of time out?<p>What if your efforts were …

93 Nuns From 24 Different Countries Join Forces For One Amazing Virtual Choir

<i>This article first appeared on the Global Sisters Report, a project of National Catholic Reporter.</i><p>Ninety-three Discalced Carmelite nuns in 24 countries have reached out of their cloistered monasteries to sing together in a virtual choir honoring St. Teresa of Avila on the 500th anniversary of her …

Complaints Choir: The World’s Mundane Grievances Set to Song

One cold winter night in 2005, while strolling through Helsinki, Finnish artists Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen had an epiphany — what if they could transform the daily grievances people complain about en masse into a source of surprise and joy? In Finnish, there’s an actual word …

Sochi Paralympics star Sweeney to be honored with 1st Tillman Award

When retired Marine Sgt. Josh Sweeney recounts his inspirational journey after an explosion that took both his legs in Afghanistan, he leaves out an …