Schools and youth choirs – fancy singing Handel’s Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall with professional orchestra and soloists, conducted by Suzi Digby? 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.
All young choirs, whatever their experience, are invited to take part, choosing their own level of involvement. The Scratch Youth Messiah will include all Handel’s 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 (‘And the glory of the Lord’), the famous ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ and the final ‘Amen’.
The Scratch Youth Messiah will take place in the afternoon of 1st December 2013. It will be followed by the annual evening performance of Messiah from Scratch by The Really Big Chorus, the UK’s 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 Handel’s genius and encourage them to share in the UK’s 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.
Information packs for school/youth choir leaders are available now from www.trbc.co.uk/wp/?page_id=4046
Initial registration to take part must be completed by 15 July 2013, so what are you waiting for!