Young singers tackle Handel’s great choruses

Sunday 2 December 2018


Royal Albert Hall

Our sixth Scratch® Youth Messiah was again an enthusiastic success, with over a thousand young people from school, church and youth choirs from the UK and abroad taking part in a morning rehearsal followed by an afternoon performance.

Our soloists this year were Catriona Hewitson (soprano), Emily Gray (mezzo), William Wallace (tenor) and Jake Muffett (baritone), supported by the English Festival Orchestra, and holding the whole event together was conductor Ben Parry, Artistic Director of the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain.

The concert supported WaterAid, and raised over £4,000 from programme sales and bucket collections on the day, with more added to this total once the fundraising from the choirs themselves was included.

What they thought:

‘Thank you for a wonderful day…a fabulous and memorable experience singing all the choruses.’(Tutti Amici)

‘I would like to thank you for the welcome and the organisation. It was perfection. My young choristers were very, very happy. It was for them a dream, and to sing in the Royal Albert Hall was fantastic.’ (Pierre, France)

‘Thank you once again for giving the young singers such a high quality event to prepare and enjoy. It’s a remarkable and wonderful experience for them.’(Alison F, London)

‘The youngsters absolutely loved the experience and are asking about whether it is happening again this year?’ (Moffat Children’s Choir)