How does the concert day work?
10:00 Choirs will be admitted to the building
11:00 Welcome and warm-up
11:15 Rehearsal with orchestra (there is no break during the rehearsal)
12:45 Rehearsal ends, followed by announcements and lunchtime
Choirs eat packed lunches in situ
Choir leaders will be issued with black bin-bags by the Hall, and requested to collect rubbish and debris from their singers
Time to use the toilets.
13:45 Choirs resume their seats
14:00 Performance: Youth Messiah part I (45 mins)
15:10 Performance: Youth Messiah part II (50 mins)
16:00 Youth Messiah ends
Singing tickets, to admit you to the hall and tell you where to sit, will be sent by post during October and November. Choirs will sit in voice-parts, not as individual choirs; singing adults will be seated in blocks adjacent to the young singers, but will not be voice segregated (chaperones will sit with their singers).
Singing tickets, to admit you to the hall and tell you where to sit, will be sent by post by the beginning of November. Choirs will sit in voice-parts, not as individual choirs; singing adults will be seated in blocks adjacent to the young singers, but will not be voice segregated (chaperones will sit with their singers).
School and youth choirs should wear their usual choir or school uniform, as this helps with identification when there are so many young people together.
Local Authority Regulations
The Scratch® Youth Messiah is licensed by Westminster City Council, which imposes restrictions on the length of rehearsal/performance time for young performers. You can download a copy of their regulations here, and our timetable for the day conforms to Westminster’s requirements. Please ensure that there are no additional restrictions imposed by your own local authority.
To comply with child protection legislation, the Royal Albert Hall requires those aged under 18 to be chaperoned at all times. There should be one chaperone to each group of ten under-18s, with a minimum of two chaperones; chaperones also have free seats and it helps if they sing! Chaperones should be regular teachers of the children they are chaperoning, local authority licensed chaperones, or parents. Please consider the voice-parts in your choirs when deciding on the number/gender of chaperones needed, as sopranos sit in one area of the Hall, altos in another, and tenors and basses in a third.
Other Adult Singers
Teachers, parents and other family members are also welcome to sing, although they will be seated separately from the youth choirs. Singing tickets cost £38 (including VAT at 20%), and you will be able to book these from September.
A good audience is a wonderful morale booster and ensures good singing, so we particularly encourage families, friends and additional teachers to come and listen. Good news: we have reduced our prices this year to make it possible for more parents to attend. Prices start from £20 for adults, with half-price seats for children aged 3–15 and further discounted family tickets (2 adults/2 children).
Tickets are available online from the Royal Albert Hall; by telephone (020 7589 8212) or by visiting the Box Office in person. Telephone and online bookings are both subject to additional charges which are clearly shown on the RAH website; people buying in person from the Box Office pay no booking fees. Family tickets cannot be purchased online; please either telephone, or visit the Box Office.