Odeon or­gan­ist to play at silent film

Event was in­spired by Lon­don mu­si­cian’s visit to church

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - Kenneth Speirs Don­ald MacKen­zie will play at screen­ing of Buster Keaton clas­sic

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.

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