By D. David MORIN


Documentary - Completed 2015

“FINDING MESSIAH” chronicles conductor Leon Starker and three choir members as they climb “the Everest of all chorale pieces”, Handel's Messiah. Tensions build between the orchestra, the choir and all the voice parts fighting to be perfect. A behind-the-scenes look at the world's most famous music.

    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Documentary, Family, Art - Culture
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    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 83 mn
    • Director(s)
    • D. David MORIN
    • Writer(s)
    • D. David MORIN
    • Producer(s)
    • D. david MORIN (Bungalow Four), Anri DE KLERK (Bungalow Four)
    • Synopsis
    • Hollywood award-winning filmmaker and Cape Town dweller D. David Morin's latest endeavour, “FINDING MESSIAH”, is his second feature-length documentary.

      What started originally as a research project for Morin on Frideric Handel has blossomed into a unique peek at the rehearsal process to stage Handel’s most famous oratorio Messiah.

      The subject of the documentary is conductor Leon Starker and South Africa’s own internationally acclaimed Cape Town Youth Choir (CTYC). Since its start in 1997, the choir has proven itself both in South Africa and on the international stage.

      The CTYC won "Choir of the World" title at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod in Wales and "Champion of the World Choir Games" by winning the Musica Sacra category at the 5th World Choir Games in Graz, Austria.

      During international tours the CTYC has sung in Carnegie Hall (New York, 2008), Salisbury Cathedral (2008 and 2011), St Paul's Cathedral (London, 2008), Grosse Aula (Salzburg, 2011).

      “FINDING MESSIAH” chronicles Starker and three choir members as they climb “the Everest of all chorale pieces”…with “rough, rough, rough” beginnings and the inevitable battle between the orchestra and the choir, as well as the tensions that build between all the different voice parts as they tackle the most specific and demanding of all music compositions.

      Leon Starker as the perfectionist conductor proves as passionate and entertaining as he is demanding.

      The Festival Orchestra adds to the combustible mix of “feel versus timing” as they struggle to follow a choir conductor whose forte is not exactly counting the beat as much as finding the overall sonic feel.

      This unique behind-the-scenes look at the most famous piece of music in history is one compelling and enjoyable journey for aficionados and music lovers everywhere.

      For information contact Anri: +27 76 330 1971
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