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HALLELUJAH FOR CENTRAL’S CHORUSES: A Review of Hallelujah Choruses Volume 27 by Donald James

First published in SA BAND WORLD, January 2021 Edition; Reprinted with permission.

It seems quite unbelievable that the USA Central Territory’s ‘Hallelujah Choruses’ have reached 30 years of publication. Since inception, the published series has provided innovative settings of contemporary and classic songs, hymns and choruses for accompaniment groups of all sizes and instrumentations, leading the way in what many of us would call ‘blended musical worship’, allowing instruments such as piano/keyboard and guitar (both lead and bass) to mix with the traditional brass band score. There are also instructions at the back of the score about adapting for concert band or orchestra instrumentation, along with lead sheets with chord symbols, melody line and lyrics desi