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5th East of England Organ Day – A Day at the Movies

The organ has many associations with cinema, particularly in the silent era. The 2019 East of England Organ Day celebrates the world of film, with concerts of cinematic repertoire and improvisations, featuring the majestic 1933 Grand Organ. The day begins with a recital by Christian Wilson, organist of the Tower of London. His programme will include music from the last 100 years and from both sides of the Atlantic. School Organist David Pickthall is a renowned improviser, and will provide live, spontaneous soundtracks to two Harold Lloyd films in the recital hall – His Royal Slyness and Captain Kidd’s Kids. The afternoon includes a presentation on filming the organ. Fugue State Films was founded in 2007 and has revolutionised the filming of the organ. Their innovative and highly successful series of DVDs has featured instruments and players from across the world. Their afternoon presentation will offer a perspective on documentary making, as well as a sneak peek at their newest release, The English Organ.

The 2019 Celebrity Recital will be given by Richard Hills, master of both the classical and theatre organs. A former American Theatre Organ Society ‘Organist of the Year’, Richard will bring his special brand of showmanship to a programme of film music and improvisations.

Tickets can be purchased either for the full at £25 or for individual events during the day.


10am Registration

10.15am Recital by Christian Wilson £8

11.30am Silent film with David Pickthall £8

12.30pm Lunch

1pm Winners of the 2018

London Organ Competition £5

2.30pm Filming the Organ FREE

4pm Tea

5pm Celebrity Recital by Richard Hills £10/£7

Supported by the Organ Club.