Young choirs sing their hearts out at the Scratch Youth Messiah. Could your choir join them in 2017?

Sunday 12 November 2017


Royal Albert Hall, 14:00

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What is the Scratch® Youth Messiah? Devised and run by the small team behind Messiah from Scratch®, the Scratch® Youth Messiah brings together up to 1,500 singers aged 7–25 to perform Handel’s Messiah in the Royal Albert Hall in the run-up to Christmas. Choirs from across the UK can get to know Messiah in stages, learning an initial set of four core choruses and then adding more each year as they are able.

All young choirs are welcome: those affiliated to a church, to a school, to a local authority or completely independent. On the day they join a professional orchestra and young soloists under the baton of Ben Parry (Artistic Director, National Youth Choirs of Great Britain), for a short morning rehearsal leading up to a thrilling corporate performance, singing what they have learnt and hearing other choirs sing the movements they have yet to study.

Gradually they learn all twelve of the most regularly performed choruses, using Handel’s own music rather than a simplified arrangement. This enables young singers who have enjoyed the experience (and they do!) to go and sing Messiah anywhere, ensuring that the UK’s Messiah-singing tradition continues for many generations to come. What’s more, in keeping with Handel’s own philanthropic outlook, the 2017 event will, as every year, raise money for WaterAid UK.

Comments about the 2016  Scratch® Youth Messiah:

‘The Scratch® Youth Messiah is a brilliant idea, expertly planned and superbly implemented.’ Ben Parry, conductor

‘Once again an incredible experience, one that our young singers are unlikely ever to forget. A big thank you to everyone involved for creating such a super opportunity!’  Guru Nanak Sikh Academy, West London

‘Our girls absolutely loved it! And thank you especially for super organisation, and for kind and extremely patient staff helping on the day.’ Alton Convent School, Hampshire

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