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12 April 2013, 12:29
Cello Guy of The Piano Guys, Steven Sharp Nelson, brings us a unique nine cello arrangement of this beautiful hymn.
The Piano Guys are known for their creative arrangements of well-known music, and this version of Nearer My God to Thee is no exception. It's based on a vocal arrangement for nine singers, but each track is performed on the cello by Steven Sharp Nelson, creating an amazing sound from a tight-knit cello choir.
Performing live for Classic FM, accompanied by eight tracks of his own playing, Steven makes the most of the lush drawn-out notes, spiky rhythmic sections, and moving harmonies in the piece. Whether spiritual or secular, the Guys are convinced everyone can experience some kind of joy in their music - and we're inclined to agree.