Carl Barat, Charlotte Church, Magic Numbers, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Ed Harcourt & more cover Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’

A beautiful tribute for a good cause

Carl Barat, Charlotte Church, The Magic Numbers, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Ed Harcourt and more all came together to cover Leonard Cohen‘s classic ‘Hallelujah’ with an orchestra this weekend. Check it out below.

Performing at London’s Union Chapel on Friday 2 December, ‘Ed Harcourt And Friends’ was a star-studded event, accompanied by the ‘Dirty Pretty Strings’ orchestra, to raise money for The Flying Seagull Project – A Benefit For Child Refugees.

During the first half of the show, Carl Barat performed The Libertines’ favourite ‘You’re My Waterloo’ with Ed Harcourt accompanying on piano, while Charlotte Church covered ‘Ex-Factor’ by Lauryn Hill, Tom McRae covered ‘The Ghost Of Tom Joad’ by Bruce Springsteen, and the likes of Lock, The Magic Numbers, and Kathryn Williams all delivered beautiful, stripped back performances.

After the intermission, all acts returned accompanied by the Dirty Pretty Strings, when Sophie Ellis-Bextor performed ‘Come With Us’, ‘Young Blood’ and her classic Spiller collaboration ‘Groovejet’. Together, Harcourt and Barat played ‘The Ballad Of Grimaldi’, before a rousing cover of Mickey Newbury’s ‘Just Checked In’.

The grand finale came with Charlotte Church’s breathtaking cover of Jeff Buckley’s ‘Lover, You Should Have Come Over’ and all performers returning to the stage to invite the crowd to sing along with a rendition of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’. See footage below.

For more information or to make a donation to The Flying Seagull Project, visit here.

Quite an overwhelming night. Thank you so, so much to everyone involved. Footage by @christian_stephen

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See a behind-the scenes video from the show as well as an interview Ed Harcourt and Sophie Ellis-Bextor discussing the Flying Seagull Project below.