Mormon Tabernacle Choir Blog

90 Million YouTube Views!!!

The speeding train that is the Mormon Tabernacle Choir keeps on rolling along! The Choir’s YouTube channel now has 90 million views, and it’s growing by the second.

When the YouTube channel launched, it took two years for a video to reach a million views. The first video to reach the million mark was “Bring Him Home,” featuring Alfie Boe, from the 2012 Christmas concert. From there, “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing” was the next to reach the mark, and the trend continues. To date, 17 videos on our YouTube channel have over 1 million views!

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Choir Broadcast Begins 89th Year!

On July 16, 2017, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir began the 89th year of the weekly Music and the Spoken Word broadcast—the longest continuously running network broadcast in the history of radio.

The first broadcast was from the Salt Lake Tabernacle on July 15, 1929, in the early years of commercial radio. On that summer day, a local radio crew ran a wire from their control room to an amplifier in the Tabernacle nearly a block away. Nineteen-year-old Ted Kimball—son of the Tabernacle organist and designated announcer—perched on a ladder for the full 30 minutes holding a KSL Radio’s only microphone to pick up the organ, the entire choir, and his announcements.

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The Pioneer Day Concerts with Alex Boyé Were a Huge Hit with Audiences

When the original guest artist, Christopher Jackson, had to cancel due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict, Alex Boyé was willing to step into his shoes and give it his all—and he delivered in a BIG way.

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The Bells on Temple Square: Ringing in California!

The Bells on Temple Square, part of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir organization, is touring again! The bell ensemble has played at various locations in Utah, and its first out-of-state performance was to Rexburg, Idaho, in 2015. This year the ensemble is traveling to Garden Grove, California, for the 2017 Handbell Musicians of America National Seminar. The group was selected to be the featured performer for the July 15 concluding concert, capping off the four-day seminar. LeAnna Willmore, conductor of the Bells on Temple Square, will direct the performance. The repertoire will explore a variety of musical genres from hymns, folk, and classical to jazz, gospel, and patriotic. The public is welcome to the performance in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Orange County on Saturday, July 15, at 6:00 p.m. For those able to attend the Southern California performance, tickets are available at the door for $15 or may be purchased online.

“We are honored to participate in this national event and showcase the talents of the Bells on Temple Square,” said Mormon Tabernacle Choir President Ron Jarrett, who will travel to California with the bell choir. “The Bells have always been a fan favorite, and we look forward to sharing their musicianship with peers throughout the world at this seminar.”

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Alex Boyé

This year’s Pioneer Day concert guest artist, Alex Boyé, is known for his African-infused music videos and larger-than-life stage personality. But there is much more to Boyé than that—his music career stretches back to the early 1990s, when he was a backup dancer and boy band member in England.

In anticipation of the concerts, which will take place on Friday and Saturday, July 14 and 15, at 8:00 p.m. in the Conference Center, here are 10 facts about the accomplished guest artist Alex Boyé:

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Bells on Temple Square YouTube Playlist

If you are looking for the perfect playlist, look no further. The Bells on Temple Square have some popular videos on YouTube, with “Flight of the Bumblebee” leading the way with over 100,000 views. We’ve created a YouTube playlist that includes an amazing variety of musical genres, including pop, religious, patriotic, classical, Christmas, and more.

Bells on Temple Square YouTube Playlist

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Four Ways to View the Pioneer Day Concert with Alex Boyé!

Late Breaking Announcement: Due to unavoidable and unanticipated scheduling conflicts with his current TV series, Christopher Jackson will not be able to appear on the 2017 Pioneer Day concerts.  Alex Boyé, singer, entertainer, and mega-million view YouTube artist, will now headline the concert.  Click here for more information.

The Choir is excited to provide additional viewing options for the annual “Music for a Summer Evening” concert, held in conjunction with Pioneer Day celebrations honoring the arrival of the Mormon pioneers to Utah in 1847.

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Alex Boyé to Replace Christopher Jackson as Guest Artist for Pioneer Day Concert

Due to unavoidable and unanticipated scheduling conflicts with the filming of his current TV series, Christopher Jackson will be unable to join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for their annual Pioneer Day concerts on July 14 and 15. Mr. Jackson is sincerely disappointed at this turn of events and is looking forward to another opportunity to appear with the Choir and Orchestra in the future. 

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is excited to announce that Alex Boyé will now be the guest artist for this year's Pioneer Day concerts. 

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Canada Day Special—Mormon Tabernacle Choir

In celebration of Canada’s turning 150, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square recorded a special broadcast of Music and the Spoken Word. The Choir and Orchestra were joined by a special guest, the Wasatch and District Pipe Band.

After the Choir performed the opening song, the Canadian version of “This Land Is Your Land,” announcer Lloyd Newell said, “Today we join with Canadians around the world to commemorate the 150th anniversary of this great nation’s birth. On this day, we celebrate Canada’s national heritage, built on foundational principles of freedom, diversity, and mutual respect, and look toward a future of sustained good will and prosperity.”

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