Members of the Scratch Youth Messiah management team at the Music Teacher Awards ceremony in London on 12 March. Left to right: Trevor Ford, Annie Hastings, Jo Forrest, Marianne Barton and Tony Hastings.

Members of the Scratch® Youth Messiah management team at the Music Teacher Awards ceremony in London on 12 March. Left to right: Trevor Ford, Annie Hastings, Jo Forrest, Marianne Barton and Tony Hastings.

Sunday 29 November 2015


Royal Albert Hall, 14:00

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Latest News: Music Dynamics/ChoraLine has renewed its commitment to The Scratch® Youth Messiah and to WaterAid by once again offering a £500 prize to the choir with the highest fund-raising total. We’re hugely grateful!

 We won! Thanks to all the wonderfully supportive people who voted for us, The Scratch® Youth Messiah has beaten some formidable opposition to win the accolade of Best Classical Music Education Initiative at the 2015 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence. Shortlisted alongside projects developed by prestigious groups including the BBC and Opera North, The Scratch® Youth Messiah secured the lion’s share of the public vote on the website of Classic FM (sponsors of the award), pushing us to the top of the list. Director Trevor Ford said: ‘This award proves that you don’t need to be part of a massive corporation to make a significant difference to music education in the UK. Neither do you need public funding, a sponsor, or a suite of offices. Anyone with a good idea and a bit of dedication can do something to help children and young people experience the power of music.’

Register now for the the Scratch® Youth Messiah! Click here to go to the choir information page where you can download the registration form and other essential information.

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 2015 concert will, for the third year running, raise money for WaterAid UK, with a £500 prize from Music Dynamics for the highest fund-raising choir.

Read what 17 year-old Vivien thought about the 2014 Scratch® Youth Messiah.

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!’