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Steamboat Bill Jr (1928)

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Steamboat Bill Jr (1928)

Silent Film with Organ Accompaniment, played by Donald MacKenzie

Buster Keaton's comedy caper, regarded as a masterpiece of the silent film era, will be accompanied by the evocative music of the restored organ, which is in turns resounding and delicate, lyrical and percussive, agitated and serene, with many different sounds to choose from; organs are excellently suited to accompany silent films. The organ is played by Donald MacKenzie, resident organist at the Odeon Leicester Square, London, who is returning to St John's Notting Hill after performing for last year's silent film Wings (click here to see photos and videos from that evening). 

This screenign is part of this year's Notting Hill Mayfest, a multi-disciplinary arts festival happening in several Notting Hill venues throughout May. Don't miss this very special event. Advanced booking is highly recommended as Wings sold out a week in advance last year.

Stramboat Bill Jr's IMDB rating: 8 out of 10: 
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 100% Fresh: 

£8 per ticket - available below.

There will be popcorn and a bar available on the night, and the church will be be candlelit. Doors open at 7.00pm for an 8.00pm film start. Seating is unreserved. The film runs for 75 minutes and is suitable for families. Ticket purchasing info is below. 

In July 1992 Donald began his long association with the Odeon Leicester Square Compton organ, by playing it for a number of events including a preview of 'Beauty and the Beast' and 'Chaplin'. In November 1993 he was engaged to play the organ for 5 weeks before each performance of the film, 'Aladdin'. He was then appointed House Organist and has appeared regularly at film premières, special events and organ concerts. He has broadcast from the Odeon on BBC Radios 2, 3, 4 and the World Service. He has been featured on a number of television programmes and Donald has played for numerous Royal Film Performances, including four in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen. 

Donald accompanied his first film when he was 14 for a special evening screening at Paisley Town Hall. He has now more than twenty feature films 'under his fingers' including the major classics of the silent screen - The Phantom of the Opera, Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde, King of Kings, Carmen, The Black Pirate, Metropolis - as well as many different types of short silent films. His now renowned accompaniments have led to numerous bookings throughout the UK (including the Victoria Hall Hanley, Bournemouth Pavilion, in at Wolverhampton City Hall and the Lighthouse Media Centre, in London at the Odeon Leicester Square, Alexandra Palace and St Martin in the Fields, Somerton Arts Festival, in Tywyn at the Neu Pendre Hall), Ireland (in Belfast at St Annes Cathedral and Clonard Monastery), Germany (Weikersheim), USA (Boston University, Rivieria Theatre in Tonawanda), Holland (Scheidam Theatre) and most recently Poland. One of his most treasured memories was playing for the film 'Nosferatu' at the Usher Hall Edinburgh in October 2005 to a very enthusiastic full house. In December 2005 Donald appeared at the Odeon on an ITV programme, demonstrating the art of silent film accompaniment.


All tickets are £8. All profits go to putting on more organ events and film nights at St John's Notting Hill, London. The £8 ticket price is needed to cover costs - unlike previous events, this film night is not supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (all HLF funding has now finished for music events and concerts, with the project officially ending on May 2nd 2015).

We are using PayPal for tickets because no additional fee is charged to you via this method. We will not be sending out paper tickets. Instead, names will be recorded and kept on a list at the door. Please make sure you know the name of the person who booked your ticket.

Buy your ticket by clicking on the button below. You do not need a PayPal account to complete payment - you can select the 'pay by card' option : Steamboat Bill

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