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Young people invited to sing Handelís Messiah free at the Royal Albert Hall with Suzi Digby OBE


Jun 21, 2013, 11:26 AM

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Young people invited to sing Handelís Messiah free at the Royal Albert Hall with Suzi Digby OBE

1 December 2013 sees the very first Scratch Youth Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall, offering school and youth choirs a unique opportunity to come together for a performance of Handelís Messiah, with professional orchestra and soloists, conducted by Suzi Digby OBE, a tireless champion of choral singing among young people and the inspiration behind The Voices Foundation.

Over 1,000 free places have been made available so that school, youth and university choirs up to the age of 25 can take part in The Scratch Youth Messiah without charge. Choirs are being asked to register their interest now, with formal booking starting in September. For full details visit the dedicated page on our website

All young choirs, whatever their experience, are invited to take part, choosing their own level of involvement. The Scratch Youth Messiah will include all Handelís best-known choruses and arias, from which choirs can choose to sing everything, or to dip a toe in the water by joining in with the opening chorus (ĎAnd the glory of the Lordí), the famous ĎHallelujah Chorusí and the final ĎAmení.

The Scratch Youth Messiah will take place at 14h15 and will be followed by the annual evening performance of Messiah from Scratch by The Really Big Chorus, the UKís largest choral society. As Messiah from Scratch approaches its 40th anniversary in 2014, this is an ideal time to introduce a new generation of singers to Handelís genius and encourage them to share in the UKís rich choral heritage. The Scratch Youth Messiah will be as Handel wrote it, not an arrangement, enabling young singers gradually to learn the original masterpiece.

We are fortunate to have the support and guidance of Richard Hallam MBE, former Government adviser on music education and Chair of the Music Manifesto Steering Committee, and another major driving force in school and youth music. Overseeing the project is Trevor Ford, Chairman both of the London Youth Choir and of Scratch Concerts Ltd.

Information packs for school/youth choir leaders are available now, either via our website
by post from PO Box 4211, Bath BA1 0HJ or by e-mail to . Initial registration to take part must be completed by 15 July 2013.