Watch A 1500-Strong Choir Sing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah

by : Francesca Donovan on : 11 Nov 2016 05:11

Today is yet another sad day for the music industry.


The Godfather of Gloom, Leonard Cohen passed away aged 82 and fans across the world are in mourning for the loss of one of the greatest poets and songwriters of our time.

Cohen released fourteen glorious studio albums and eight live albums along with dozens of singles, but of his hundreds of songs, none touched more people than Hallelujah.

Here, Cohen performs the song he wrote and recorded in 1984 at the prestigious Montreal Jazz Festival nearly thirty years after its original release, with Neil Dawson accompanying.


The rendition boasts the dulcet, heart-wrenching tones with which Cohen became synonymous throughout his career, spanning half a century.

Hallelujah has been covered over 200 times, perhaps most famously by John Cale and then Jeff Buckley (and most disappointingly by Alexandra Burke), making it a truly timeless tune with a longevity that has been enjoyed across generations.

This powerful interpretation of the already enigmatic Hallelujah comes from singing group, Choir! Choir! Choir! who hail from Toronto.

Headed by choir masters, Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman and featuring a guest appearance from crooner Rufus Wainwright, the 1,500-strong group of singers pay homage to Canadian-born Cohen with harmonious results.

Leonard Cohen’s fourteenth and final album, You Want It Darker, was released on 21 October 2016.

Francesca Donovan

A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you've never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.

Topics: Life, Sensitive


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