1,000 young singers sing Messiah with Suzi Digby OBE at the Royal Albert Hall in December 2013

1,000 young singers sing Messiah with Suzi Digby OBE at the Royal Albert Hall in December 2013

Sunday 29 November 2015

THE SCRATCH® YOUTH MESSIAH

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 more than 1,000 singers aged 7–25 to perform Handel’s Messiah in the Royal Albert Hall in the run-up to Christmas. Choirs and young singers from across the UK have the opportunity to get to know Messiah in stages, learning an initial set of three 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 Suzi Digby OBE, for a short morning rehearsal leading up to a thrilling corporate performance, singing what they have learned 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 concert raises money for WaterAid.

The Scratch® Youth Messiah has been shortlisted for the 2015 Music Teacher Awards Best Classical Music Education Initiative sponsored by Classic FM, and we’re hugely grateful to everyone who voted for us. Voting closed at midnight on 31 January, so now the nail-biting begins!  We’ll learn our fate on 12 March, and will let you know.

Were you there in 2014?  If so, you might like to buy the Live CD of the concert, recorded on the day by Abbey Road Live Here Now. This double CD is a wonderful memento of a unique occasion, and a great present for family and friends. It is not available commercially, but you can order direct from Abbey Road, and the more you order the more the unit price goes down. You might also like to buy photographs, the profits from which will all go to WaterAid (the charity supported at the concert). Visit photographer Chris Christodoulou’s Youth Messiah photo gallery and spot your choir!

Comments from choirs and audience:
‘I thought it was superbly organised and astonishingly stress free! The Hallelujah Chorus sounded awesome from my perfect aural vantage point just behind the soloists, and all my boys got so much out of it.

‘I could not believe the power and the beauty that burst forth at the start of the Hallelujah Chorus, with the young people so obviously swept up and enjoying it’

‘This was the most wonderful experience that some of our students will have in their life-time. There is such a buzz around College today and the students were as high as kites coming back last night: thank you!’