Hallelujah! Hear choir sing the praises of NHS Forth Valley

There are many great versions of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah but none of them have been performed in as difficult circumstances as The Soul Nation Choir and Red Hot Chilli Pipers find themselves in.

By James Trimble
Monday, 13th April 2020, 6:24 pm
Updated Monday, 13th April 2020, 6:25 pm

Their rendition of the 1984 classic, complete with stay at home video - is making a big stir online.

Soul Nation Choir leader Chris Judge, a singing coach from Grangemouth, said: “We’re all feeling it – we can’t do any gigs or live performances. So we did this song Hallelujah on our album last year and decided to rework it, recording our own bits and then put the video together that way.

“We put it on the Chilli Pipers site and it was quite amazing the response we got from people. Hopefully it has done some good and lifted people’s spirits.

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Chris Judge and the Soul Nation Choir teamed up with the Red Hot Chili Pipers on the uplifting version of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah

“Music has always been a good healer and it’s at times like this you appreciate the things you have and the friends and family you have. With the choir we all started thinking, when is the next time we are all actually going to get together again.”

The video and the performance – featuring a stirring bagpipe instrumental from members of the Red Hot Chilli Pipers – is seen by many to be a tribute to the front line NHS workers who are right in the thick of this cororavirus crisis.

“It was always the plan,” said Chris. “We’re all in this but the NHS need to be recognised for all the work they are doing, putting their lives in danger. We would love to have the sung be a charity single for the NHS, but I’m just a singer, I don’t know how we would go about that.”