Presented by the 31st St Albans International Organ Festival

Following the great success of The Cabinet of Dr Caligari at the 2019 festival, live improvisation to silent film returns – this time with this classic horror from 1925.

Organ students from the Royal Academy of Music perform with live electronics, percussion and piano, directed by the innovative composer/organist Franz Danksagmüller.

This macabre film, directed by Rupert Julian, was based on French author Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel Le Fantôme de l’opéra.

Lon Chaney is the deformed Phantom who haunts the dark catacombs of Paris Opera House. He falls in love with an aspiring opera singer Christine, played by Mary Philbin. This breathtaking masterpiece of early cinema remains astonishing nearly a century after its creation.

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