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Brian May performs Amazing Grace at London Coliseum

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Last month, Queen guitarist Brian May and his regular collaborator Kerry Ellis performed at a specially recorded Earth Day concert. Song For Nature, which included a number of other acts, was recorded over three days at the London Coliseum before being broadcast on Sky Arts. And now Brian has shared his stunning rendition of Amazing Grace with Kerry Ellis.

Brian May posted their goosebump-inducing performance of the Christian hymn on social media, in a video that really takes off with accompanying musicians towards the end.

The 73-year-old wrote on Instagram: “In case you missed our performance of this song on Earth Day, here is some of it !

“Looking at it now, I’m feeling very thrilled that this new arrangement with orchestra actually DID work … and maybe this is a signpost to where we might be heading.

“Anybody think that might be a good idea? Thanks, Janie Dee and Sky Arts for making this happen.”

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Brian added: “And thanks dear pal Stuart Morley for working through 3 nights with me by FaceTime to create the arrangement.

“Thanks Jen Tunney for this capture. And thanks most of all to Kerry Ellis for making it fly.

“Cos without that vocal, there would be no point !! Songs are all about the singer !!! You heard it here !! Bri.”

Amazing Grace’s lyrics were written in 1772 by former slave trader John Newton, who converted to Christianity after calling out to God for mercy during a storm at sea in 1748.

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Despite his conversion to Christianity, Newton continued slaving trading for another few years before finally becoming an abolitionist and was ordained an Anglican minister.

He would go on to mentor William Wilberforce, a leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade, convincing him to stay in Parliament as an MP in that fight.

Newton would live to see the passing of the Abolition of the Slave Trade in 1807 before he died later that year.

And it was a couple of decades on that American Baptist composer William Walker put Amazing Grace to its best-known tune, New Britain, before it was published with the lyrics for the first time in 1847.

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Earlier this month, Brian and Kerry released a new song called Panic Attack 2021 (It’s Gonna Be All Right).

Recorded remotely, the reworked version of their Golden Days album track was made following the disappointments around lockdown last Christmas.

Brian told Express.co.uk: “There was this gradual realisation that no, it’s not gonna get better, it’s probably gonna get worse.

“I think people felt cheated and we thought that’s the feeling that needs looking at because people have been heroes during a lot of this stuff but everyone’s getting very worn down.”

Brian added: “So I looked at the Panic Attack song, which was written for other reasons…and I thought, well now people are getting panicky, they’re not just disappointed but they’re getting nervous because it feels like this is never going to end.

“And suddenly it just kind of sprung out to me this song that could be rewritten and become something completely different and I wanted it to be something that gave people a bit of hope.”

On Panic Attack 2021’s purpose, the 73-year-old admitted it was simply meant to be inspiring and uplifting for folks.

He added: “It’s not meant to trivialise anything. Panic Attack, in the beginning, was written from firsthand experience because I have suffered from some of this stuff over the years. I find that music is a great healer, a great communicator of these things. If you realise someone else has felt what you’re feeling, it’s enormously helpful, so this track is meant to convey that.”

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