The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Darius Battiwalla ORGAN

Festival Début Concerts

8:30pm, Sunday 29 July 2018

St George's Church, Kendal

£18 Unreserved Seating

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In this concluding year of LDSM's commemoration of WW1, we mark not only the turbulent historic events that took place as the map of Europe was redrawn, but how peacetime brought about a different mood, with this rare screening of what is often held to be the first anti-war film. It became the top-grossing film of 1921, and at one point it was said to be the highest-grossing film of all time, until Gone with the Wind's release in 1939. It turned the then-little-known actor Rudolph Valentino into a superstar and as the first film featuring the tango, was responsible for a dance craze.

For this LDSM screening there will be a live improvised organ accompaniment by Darius Battiwalla, an expert in this field: last December theartsdesk.com wrote of his improvised score to The Phantom of the Opera "Improvisation extraordinaire: remarkable resources of organ and player bring a classic silent film to life... Playing continuously for 90 minutes would be a challenge for anyone, and to synchronise it with the action of a film while building coherent musical structures out of the player's mind is a tour-de-force. It was a real multi-media achievement."

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Introduction to the film

7:30pm, Sunday 29 July 2018

The Four Horsemen  of the Apocalypse
Event artists
Darius Battiwalla

Over the past ten years Darius Battiwalla has improvised scores to more than fifty silent films on both organ and piano, not only in cinemas but in churches and cathedrals throughout the country, as well as a regular series for the National Media Museum. He has recently been appointed Leeds City Organist, giving and programming regular recitals at the Town Hall. He also plays organ and piano both as a soloist and as a member of the Hallé and BBC Philharmonic orchestras.

Lake District Summer Music is proud to be associated with

Lakes Culture
South Lakeland District Council (SLDC)
First World War Centenary
The Royal Over-Seas League
Forsyth