Sunday 30 November 2014
THE SCRATCH® YOUTH MESSIAH
Royal Albert Hall, 2.00 pm
1,000 young voices sing Messiah – FREE!
11 July: 24 choirs and 750 singers already registered – come and sing with them!
12 May: £500 prize for the choir raising the most money for WaterAid! (opens in a new window)
For the second year running, school, youth and university choirs will be able to enjoy all the fun of Messiah from Scratch®, getting to know Handel’s Messiah in stages, and best of all singing it free of charge* at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 30 November.
Last year’s choirs were bowled over. Here’s what they said about the very first Scratch® Youth Messiah:
‘Thank you for organising this fantastic event. The choir are looking forward to singing all of the choruses next year. It was an utterly brilliant experience for our students.’ (Royal Wootton Bassett Academy)
‘Thank you again…I hope you’re very proud of what your team achieved. You really should be! We hadn’t even got out of our seats before one little dot in Year 5 asked if we could sing a bit more of it next year!’ (St Mary’s, Worcester)
‘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.’ (West London Free School)
‘It was fantastic! Our girls had the best time. They really enjoyed the whole experience of being in the Albert Hall, the soloists and the orchestra.’ (York Arts Academy Chamber Choir)
We are once again working in support of WaterAid. Details of how to support this inspirational charity will be circulated to all participating schools, and you can also download the information here and discover how to earn £500-worth of music or equipment for your school. On the concert day itself, all proceeds from the sale of programmes, and from advertising, collections, and sponsorship, will directly benefit WaterAid. Discover more about WaterAid now at www.wateraid.org.
The Scratch® Youth Messiah will be conducted by Suzi Digby OBE, a tireless champion of choral singing among young people and the inspiration behind The Voices Foundation and the London Youth Choir. Choirs will sing the familiar version of Messiah as Handel wrote it, not a simplified arrangement. To ensure that even the least experienced singers can participate, choirs choose their own level of involvement by selecting one or more groups of choruses to sing. Handel’s Messiah is a traditional and essential part of the UK choral scene: the aim of The Scratch® Youth Messiah is to ensure that this tradition continues for many generations to come.
*There will be a modest registration fee of £25 for all choirs. This is to defray administration costs, and is a one-off, non-returnable charge. Singing seats for choir members (aged under 25 or essential adult chaperones) remain entirely free.