Messiah from Scratch® 2024


7:00 pm


Sunday 10 November 2024, 7.00 pm

Messiah from Scratch® draws thousands of singers to the Royal Albert Hall in the weeks leading up to Christmas for a unique performance of Handel’s Messiah. Over the past 50 years, hundreds of thousands of singers (and a few thousand audience members) have experienced Messiah from Scratch®, in which the singers outnumber the audience, generally by three to one. As a result, it is a brilliant, festive occasion which fills every available seat in the Royal Albert Hall.

The performance is genuinely ‘from Scratch’ with no rehearsal for the singers. This generates a sense of excitement which consequently produces, year after year, a simply superb performance. Experience a wonderful adrenaline-filled evening after which everyone – singers and audience alike – leaves the Hall on an amazing high. Join us by following the links at the foot of this page.

If you’ve always wanted to conduct at the Royal Albert Hall, this might be your chance. We are auctioning, to the highest bidder, the opportunity to conduct an extra performance of the Hallelujah Chorus immediately after the interval, with all proceeds going directly to the British Heart Foundation. To find out more, click the More Information button below.

Never mind the details – take me straight to the booking form! (opens in a new window)

Participating singers: download chorus notes for 2024 (opens in a new window).

Update for singers (April 2024)
All seats for Altos in the main singing area are sold out. Altos should therefore book for the Circle, or tick the box to allow us to substitute other seats for your preferred choice (leave the amount of your cheque blank or use a credit card). 

Update for audience (April 2024)
We have sold out of all seats in the Arena. For seats in Boxes or the Circle, use our booking form
If you want seats in the Stalls, telephone the RAH (020 7589 8212) for returned debenture-holder seats. Otherwise, your only option is to book online for standing places in the Gallery.

Messiah from Scratch® 2024
Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall