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Silent film Phantom Of The Opera to be accompanied by organist Martin Baker at Southwell Minster

The era of silent cinema comes to Southwell Minster next week with a screening of the 1929 acclaimed film The Phantom Of The Opera.

Starring Lou Chaney, it will be screened in the minster’s stunning Norman nave, apt for the film’s gothic elements, on Wednesday.

The improvised soundtrack will be performed on the minster’s nave organ by Martin Baker, former Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral for nearly 20 years, and a world-renowned organist and improviser.

Phantom Of The Opera at Southwell Minster. (48355695)
Phantom Of The Opera at Southwell Minster. (48355695)

“There has been a recent exciting revival in the tradition of live musicians, particularly organists, improvising a musical accompaniment to silent films,” said Jonathan Allsopp, the minster’s assistant director of music.

“So we thought what better way to mark the return of our organ recital series as the country reopens from the pandemic, with a thrilling cinematic and musical experience unlike anything else you’ve come across before.”

Tickets for the concert, which starts at 7.30pm, cost £15 (£10 concessions) under-18s free.

They are available from the Cathedral Shop on Church Street, telephone 01636 812933.

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