Odeon organist to play at silent film
Event was inspired by London musician’s visit to church
16.09.2017 A top cinema organist it to provide the musical soundtrack to a silent film night at a historic Paisley church.
Donald MacKenzie, who is an organist at the famous Odeon picture house in London’s Leicester Square, will perform to a screening of renowned Buster Keaton film The General at St Matthew’s Church of the Nazarene, in Gordon Street.
The gig has come about after Mr MacKenzie visited the stunning Art Nouveau place of worship while in Paisley to visit relatives.
The church’s Jamie Goodwin said: “When he was visiting the church he asked if he could play the organ and we said yes. When we heard him play we thought yes, this is an impressive guy.”
The finest-quality organ dates from 1907 and was made by the famous Norman & Beard company, which went on to build the organ at the Usher Hall, in Edinburgh.
Mr MacKenzie left his details with the church, and this had lead to the special screening.
“We thought we could create an event round it,” Mr Goodwin said.
“And Donald offered to do a performance.”
The event is now scheduled for Thursday, October 19, at 7pm.
A programme of short silent films by local filmmakers and artists will precede the main event.
Dubbed ‘Silent Night Competition’, this is a chance for people to submit their work as part of a contest that could land them a prize of £250. It will be judged by a specialist panel.
Applicat i o n f o rms for the competition, which is sponsored by Penny Lane Homes, are available a t w w w . p a i s l e y s t ma t t h e w s. org
The St Matthew’s church building dates from 1907 and is generally considered to be the finest Art Nouveau ecclesiastical building in Europe.
It was designed by Paisley architect William Daniel McLennan.
Tickets for the screening of The General are £2 and can be purchased via the website or on the door on the night.