Amazing Grace (for TTBB chorus & piano)

Year of arrangement
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
4 minutes
Folk music
Choir + keyboard
Instrumental parts
Not available

This arrangement was written for the Harrogate Male Voice Choir, (in Yorkshire, England). Since adding it to the repertoire, we find that it’s a very popular number and is especially effective at the end of concerts as the audience can always join in if they wish.

This is such a well-known folk hymn that no introduction is really necessary , except to include a record of its origins. The words of the first four verses were written by the English poet and clergyman, John Newton, for a New Year’s Day sermon in 1773. The fifth verse is anonymous. At first, the poem was sung to a range of different tunes, but the hymn melody, "New Britain", was firmly adopted by 1835.

Male voice choirs intending to perform this arrangement are strongly advised to keep to the given tempo, thus allowing each phrase to be sung without a breath in the middle.

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