In the city of Leiden a group of students imported the British concept of the Scratch Messiah; loads of singers and instrumentalists are brought together to both rehearse and perform Händel’s Messiah in just one day. Jules was invited to conduct and it was his yearly tradition for more than 10 years. He then went on conducting scratch events in Groningen and Vlissingen, where he has celebrated his 15th appearance as “scratch conductor”, raising the level of the event to a high extent. The next Scratch Messiah in Vlissingen will be March 7th 2015.
ScratchJules van Hessen