Nobody who attended the performances of Geraldine Connor’s epic masterpiece Carnival Messiah at Harewood House will ever forget it. Leeds-based director Ashley Karrell’s film takes you closer to the action than ever before – huge cast, loud music, spectacular carnival costumes.  Also featuring interviews and behind-the-scenes footage from both then and now.

This remarkable reimagining of Handel’s Messiah was a cultural landmark in the Leeds arts scene and was widely praised for its community engagement, bringing professionals, semi-professionals locals and international artists on to one stage. To this day, the Geraldine Connor Foundation is inundated with stories of the effect Carnival Messiah had on individuals and we are proud to say that we still work with many artists who played pivotal roles in the production.

Join the director and producer David Lascelles for a discussion after the screening. We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 7th November at Leeds Town Hall.

The film has been created with thanks to Arts Council England Lottery Funding, Harewood House and Panoptical.

*The Geraldine Connor Foundation wishes to thank Harewood House Trust (registered charity 517753) for permission to screen Carnival Messiah.
Carnival Messiah, Photograph by Diane Howse

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