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Man sings ‘Amazing Grace’ to backdrop of 200+ bagpipes
Several bands and orchestras had to come together to pull off this performance and the sound is unparalleled.
D.G. Sciortino
09.27.21

We’ve all likely heard of the song “Amazing Grace.” And we’ve probably heard it in various renditions.

But I bet you’ve never heard it like this.

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This version is done with more than 200 bagpipes playing in unison.

This amazing version of “Amazing Grace” was performed live at the Berlin Tattoo in Berlin by several orchestras and bands at the same time.

It starts acapella with Carl Ellis’s deep baritone vocals that stun the crowd.

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Jelle Boesveld - YouTube

Once he warms up, you could hear a pin drop.

Then Pipe Major Ronnie Bromhead chimes in with his bagpipe solo in the spotlight.

Eventually, the rest of the bagpipers join in for a much richer and fuller sound as the stage lights up with pink, then purple, light.

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Jelle Boesveld - YouTube

Eventually, Ellis joins back in as people carrying torches surround the musicians for a breathtaking spectacle that wows the audience.

It also wowed more than 1 million people on YouTube.

The crowd went absolutely wild over the magical performance they had just witnessed.

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And with a song like “Amazing Grace,” it’s hard not to.

It’s a song that continually resurrects and reinvests itself in new ways.

According to a 1972 New York Times article, the song came back to life after being dormant for almost 200 years.

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Jelle Boesveld - YouTube

“After resting modestly for almost 200 years in English hymnals, the ode ‘Amazing Grace’ by the London divine, John Newton, became a hit song in Europe this week, topping popularity charts in Britain and on the continent,” the article explains.”The arrangement that captivated the public was recorded, without the lyrics, by the 48‐member band of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, an armored infantry regiment stationed in Herford, West Germany. The centerpiece of the arrangement by Stuart Fair bairn is a moving bagpipe solo played by Pipe Major Tony Crease, a 25‐year‐old Scot from Peebles. Mr. Fair bairn’s version of ‘Amazing Grace’ was among a number of pieces recorded by the band last year when the regiment was formed out of two old units, the Carabiniers and the Scots Greys.”

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Jelle Boesveld - YouTube

After that, disc jockeys started playing the rendition, and people started buying the record of the song issued by RCA.

According to Wikipedia, the Christian hymn was originally written in 1772 by Newton, who was a poet and Anglican clergyman.

Over the years, the song has gained popularity with both Christian and secular audiences.

It’s allegedly about a personal experience Newton had.

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Newton wasn’t particularly religious growing up, but a series of coincidental life events led him to find God and become a spokesperson for him.

His change of heart occurred after his service in the Royal Navy and involvement in the Atlantic Slave Trade.

Newtown began studying Christian theology, which caused him to change his ways and become an abolitionist.

He was later ordained by the Church of England.

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The song was written as a hymn for a sermon on New Year’s Day of 1773 and is about how God delivers us from despair and forgives us regardless of the sins one has committed because of His mercy and love for us.

The song later became popular with Baptist and Methodist preachers who evangelized in the South during the Second Great Awakening in the early 19th century.

It was later put to music in 1835 by American composer Willian Walker. But this version of the song will absolutely blow you away, with over 200 individuals giving their energy to this sacred song.

Hear this otherworldly rendition of ‘Amazing Grace’ for yourself in the video below!

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By D.G. Sciortino
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D.G. is a contributing writer in Shareably. She's based in Connecticut and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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