The Prout edition of Messiah is the one used at Messiah from Scratch



Sunday 10 November 2024, 7.00 pm


Vocal scores. You need to bring your own music as it will not be possible to purchase scores on the day. We use the Prout edition of Messiah, published by Novello, as it is smaller, lighter and cheaper than other editions (which may be compatible). If your local music shop cannot help, then the extremely knowledgeable staff at Blackwell’s Music Shop in Oxford will certainly be able to do so.

Learning the music. You must know Messiah before you come as there is no rehearsal. Chorus instructions for this concert, with an recent updates, can be downloaded here (opens in a new window) and will be sent automatically when we acknowledge your booking. We will also send further copies when we post your tickets. If you want to listen to your individual vocal line while out and about, or while following the score from your armchair, then a special app for phones or tablets, a rehearsal CD or an MP3 download is just what you need. Click here for the 5-star ChoraLine app; to purchase ChoraLine CDs/MP3 files, or their comprehensive ‘3 Steps to Sing’, visit the ChoraLine website.

Rehearsals.  There aren’t any – that’s what makes it so exciting! But please be sure to be in your seats at least ten minutes before the start time of 7.00pm.

Dress for the concert. This should be elegant. We have a TRBC colour-scheme, where sopranos wear something including mid-blue and altos something with bright red. For a good idea of the shades we recommend, you can visit the ‘Shop by Colour’ pages of Kettlewell Colours at Their colours True Blue, Periwinkle, Oxford Blue and Royal Blue are perfect for sopranos; True Red, Geranium, Poppy and Tomato are lovely bright reds for altos.

Tenors and basses should wear dinner jackets or dark suits with a black bow-tie. We suggest that female tenors wear a white top with black trousers or a black skirt; you’re welcome to add a black bow-tie if you like. Male altos can dress as the tenors and basses, or wear a red shirt with black trousers.

For other questions you might have about our concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, click here to go to our page of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

More links for Messiah from Scratch®:   Summary  —  How to book  —  More about the concert