Silent film with organ improvisation

Wednesday 26 July 2017, 9.00pm 
St John’s College Chapel
by kind permission of the Master and Fellows of St John’s College

Phantom of the Opera
Director:  Rupert Julian  (1925)

Improvised organ accompaniment by
Richard Hills

A unique opportunity to see The Phantom of the Opera as you have never seen it before – with live accompaniment on the great organ of St John’s College.  It’s hard to think of a better place to see this most gothic of all silent films, or of a more spine-tingling accompaniment.  Richard Hills is one of the very few musicians truly to have bridged the divide between the classical and theatre organs; his skill in improvising live to this classic adaptation of Gaston Leroux’s story is awe-inspiring.

Regarded by many as the first great horror film, Phantom of the Opera is a gift to the improviser because of the great variety of emotions enacted. It is also famous for Lon Chaney’s horrific, self-applied make-up which was kept a studio secret until the premiere.

 There will be a special encore at the end of the evening, a Richard Hills ‘lollipop’… !

Screen and equipment provided by Keith Hearnshaw Big Screen Presentations

Tickets £18 (concessions £16) Price includes box office booking fee
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