Silent movies in Sheringham church
The Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society will be showing the vintage movie “Phantom of the Opera” in St Peters Church, Sheringham next month, and their Spring concert, Durufle Requiem, will take place in Cromer Parish Church in April. Tony Rothe reports.
St Peters will be transformed into a cinema of the silent movie era, complete with organ accompaniment on Saturday February 18 at 7.30 pm, for just one night only.
Anthony Gowing, a nationally renowned organist, has a particular passion for accompanying silent movies on the organ. For this very special occasion, which is to raise much needed funds for the Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society (where Anthony is accompanist), he will accompany the full-length feature film “The Phantom of the Opera” which was made in 1925 and stars the then very popular Lon Chasey.
Admission is free – no need to buy tickets in advance. There will be a retiring collection (recommended minimum donation £8). St Peter’s renowned “posh” refreshments will be available.
Bob Cumber, society chairman, said “This is a great opportunity to do something a little different on a February evening at the end of half term and help a good cause in the process.”
Grants of £100 each towards the film hire have been received from both Norwich and Peterborough Building Society and the Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival.
The society’s Spring concert on the eve of Holy Week, Durufle Requiem, is on Saturday April 8 at 7.30pm, and will feature the beautiful reflective music by Durufle and Poulenc.
Bob Cumber says “This will be an evening of French reflective music by two of the 20th century's greatest, if not most revolutionary, composers. Our organist, Anthony Gowing, studied organ under Durufle's successor at St. Etienne-du-Mont in Paris so we have a very personal link to the composer. We are also giving the soloist opportunities to two young students who will be well worth hearing.”
Works include: Maurice Duruflé – Requiem, Notre Père, Prélude et Fugue sur le nom d'Alain, and Francis Poulenc - Litanies à la Vierge Noire.
The Sheringham and Cromer Choral Society will be conducted by David Ballard, and include Charli Andrews, Mezzo Soprano and Simon Mulligan, Baritone.
Tickets for the concert at Cromer Parish Church are £10 (£12 on the door), with under 18's free, are available from Sheringham Little Theatre Box Office 01263 822347 or online at www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com
For further information please visit www.sheringhamandcromerchoral.co.uk
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The picture above shows the choir rehearsing at St Peters last November.
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