The Phantom of the Opera
(1925 Silent Movie shown on a big screen)
Lon Chaney (Erik, the Phantom)
Mary Philbin (Christine Daae)
Norman Kerry (Vicomte Raoul de Chagny)
7 PM Monday 30 October, 2017
David Drinkell (organ)
Dr. Sharon Pond
Monday, October 30, 2017 at 7 PM will be a very different ‘night out’ for concert goers at St. Paul’s United Church! A unique cinema experience with a twist is offered when we show one of the greatest silent films ever made, the classic 1925 film version of The Phantom of the Opera, starring Lon Chaney, together with live, improvised organ accompaniment from international recitalist David Drinkell. This was cinema as it used to be with a musician trying to capture the mood as the silent movie’s images flash across the silver screen.
Produced by Dr. Sharon Pond, “A Silent Haunting” it is a unique event as St. Paul’s United Church transfoms itself into the world of silent film and, accompanied by David on our 70-year-old Casavant organ, provides a heady and exhilarating evening’s entertainment.
David Drinkel gave his first public (piano) performance in the Town Hall of his home town, Colchester, England, in 1963 at the age of seven. He became organist of a local church at the age of twelve. After gaining a degree in music at Bristol University and a teaching qualification from Cambridge, he taught music in the Orkney Islands in Scotland and was Master of the Music at St. Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall. In 1988, he became Organist and Master of the Choristers at St. Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast, Northern Ireland, moving to a similar post at the Anglican Cathedral in St. John’s, Newfoundland in 2003. He has been Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral since July 2016.
David has played or conducted throughout the British Isles and in Norway, Belgium, Holland, Paris, New York and Ontario. He is the only organist to have given recitals in all 31 cathedrals of the Church of Ireland, and was one of the eight Essex-born cathedral organists to take part in the Essex Man Organ Gala at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London in 1993. In 2015, he was invited back to give the opening concerts on the newly-restored organ in Colchester Town Hall. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, Associate of the Royal College of Music and holds the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Diploma in Church Music.
There will be a Free Will Offering at the door. Let us know if you are interested in joining us at our event page.