Young choirs sing their hearts out at the Scratch Youth Messiah. Could your choir join them in 2018?

Sunday 2 December 2018


Royal Albert Hall, 14:00

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What is the Scratch® Youth Messiah? Devised and run by the small team behind Messiah from Scratch®, the Scratch® Youth Messiah brings together up to 1,500 singers aged 7–25 to perform Handel’s Messiah in the Royal Albert Hall in the run-up to Christmas. Choirs from across the UK can get to know Messiah in stages, learning an initial set of four core choruses and then adding more each year as they are able. Download ‘What will you sing?’ for more details.

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 Ben Parry (Artistic Director, National Youth Choirs of Great Britain), for a short morning rehearsal leading up to a thrilling corporate performance, singing what they have learnt 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 2018 event will, as in previous years, raise money for WaterAid UK.

Comments about the 2017  Scratch® Youth Messiah:

‘The Scratch® Youth Messiah is a brilliant idea, expertly planned and superbly implemented.’ Ben Parry, conductor

‘Thank you for all your hard work organising the Scratch Youth Messiah. We absolutely loved it and will certainly be back next year. ’  Amhurst School, Kent

‘We had a fantastic time. Thank you for providing such a well-organised opportunity for us. All of the children would love to be involved again.’ Congleton High School, Cheshire

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