A thousand people bring a moving christmas carol to life and smash a record

“Angels We Have Heard on High” is a rousing Christmas carol inspired by the Annunciation to the Shepherds as described in the Gospel According to Luke: angels appear before a group of shepherds near Bethlehem and inform them that the savior has just been born. In 1862, the Anglo-Irish bishop James Chadwick, drawing on an earlier French song, composed “Angels We Have Heard on High,” in which the shepherds report the glad tidings.

In the video posted below, you’ll see a tremendous performance of “Angels We Have Heard on High.” Jon Schmidt and Steven Sharp Nelson of the Piano Guys are joined by Peter Hollens and David Archuleta, with backup by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Altogether, over a thousand people came together to bring off this stunner. The music video starts out on a more intimate scale, in front of a hearth with Christmas decor nearby and children dressed up to act out the shepherds’ visit to the manger. Eventually, it transitions to a scene including the entire choir, and ends with a really unique visual effect. Not only is the music superb, but the videography and costumes are, too. Small wonder this video has over 16 million views.

Wonderful a job though Schmidt, Nelson, Hollens, and Archuleta do, it’s the Mormon Tabernacle Choir that really steals the show. The now world-famous choir was founded way back in 1847, just after the Mormons arrived in today’s Utah. The group has toured the world, broadcast concerts since the 1920s, released recordings, and appeared at numerous high-profile events. The Christmas concert series is the highlight of the “MoTab’s” year.

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