The most famous oratorio in the history of man, Handel's "Messiah", was tackled by the internationally acclaimed Cape Tow Youth Choir with conductor Leon Starker. ctyc.co.za

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"Finding Messiah", the heralded documentary on the choir, was shot following the rehearsal process and performance of this concert in Cape Town. The documentary and soundtrack are both available on iTunes. itun.es/us/Ox1Pdb

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FINDING MESSIAH - the documentary

D. DAVID MORIN PRO

THE DOCUMENTARY ON THE CAPE TOWN YOUTH CHOIR

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

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THE DOCUMENTARY ON THE CAPE TOWN YOUTH CHOIR

What started originally as a research project for filmmaker D. David Morin on George 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 two choir members as they climb “the Everest of all chorale pieces”…with “rough, rough, rough” beginnings for the tenors and the inevitable 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. Suzanne Martens leads the CTYC Festival Orchestra.

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.

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