13-year-old’s moving angelic rendition of ‘Empty Chairs at Empty Tables’ from Les Miserables will leave you in tears

The musical “Les Miserables” features one of the most poignant songs ever written.

The ballad “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” is sung towards the end of the drama and performed by a young character named Marius, who is mourning the loss of his friends in an uprising in post-Revolutionary France.

In the musical, Marius sings the song while sitting alone in the café where he and his friends used to congregate to sing, plan, and gather support for their cause.


The character sings to his peers’ ghosts, lamenting that they have passed and questioning their sacrifice. This moment of deep grief and despair will touch even the most unfeeling.

Many people have felt pain and sorrow over the past two years. COVID-19, which claimed millions of lives across the globe, is causing social and political turmoil, as well as the effects of global warming. A reprieve is highly welcome.

That’s where Cormac Thompson comes in.

Cormac Thompson
Cormac Thompson

The 13-year-old recorded “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” as a charity single to raise funds for Acting for Others. Many people feel relieved by his amazing rendition of the song.

Cormac initially gained internet fame when he was 11 after a video of him singing “Danny Boy” for his grandparents in Northern Ireland went viral during the pandemic lockdowns. Listeners were in awe of Cormac’s angelic voice that could calm even the most turbulent mind.

Cormac’s “Danny Boy” performance got him a record deal. He recorded an album “Hear My Voice,” which was released on Decca Records in December 2020. 

Cormac Thompson singing "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables"

Today, the youngster from England is making waves yet again with his stunning rendition of “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables.”

The cover was shared by his official YouTube channel and has been viewed more than 300,000 times since its creation.

The three-minute video alternates between Cormac singing and clips of scenes depicting the terrible reality humanity faced during the pandemic.

Cormac’s pitch-perfect voice earned the praise of hundreds of viewers. Here are some reactions:

Cormac Thompson in the recording studio
Cormac Thompson

“How can someone so young and innocent put such delicacy and empathy into a such a song. Fabulous.”

“This brought me to tears. Living here in the United States, the beautiful voice of such a young person singing about such loss is so poignant right now.”

“Absolutely beautiful. You truly have the voice of an angel. Well done, sir.”

Cormac’s performance is yet another proof that music has the power to heal and inspire. If you’re in dire need of emotional relief through music, you can listen to this young man’s beautiful performance of this ballad by clicking the video below.

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