Internationally acclaimed organist, Aaron Hawthorne, returns to Bournemouth with another silent film spectacular

News 5 October 2023
Hunchback of Notre Dame

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In a ground-breaking celebration of timeless cinema and musical mastery, internationally acclaimed silent film organist Aaron Hawthorne is set to enrapture audiences at Bournemouth Pavilion on Wednesday 25 October at 8 pm. This eagerly awaited event comes after the success of Hawthorne’s interpretation of Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (1922) which he brought to Bournemouth in Autumn of 2022. This year, Hawthorne’s touring show will feature the iconic 1923 silent epic The Hunchback of Notre Dame, accompanied by the majestic tones of the historic Compton pipe organ which lives in the Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre.

A Cinematic Journey Unfolds

Aaron Hawthorne, renowned for his mesmerising performances, is embarking on a UK and Amsterdam tour, marrying the enchanting world of silent cinema with the rich and powerful sounds of the pipe organ. His unique, improvised approach promises an unforgettable experience that transcends the boundaries of traditional film screenings.

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“This silent film tour is a celebration of cinematic nostalgia, offering audiences a rare opportunity to experience the magic of classic silent films in a way that you just cannot experience at home in your pyjamas."

Aaron Hawthorne

The Grandeur of Notre Dame Meets the Majesty of the Bournemouth Compton

As the silver screen flickers to life, audiences will be transported back in time to the era of silent cinema, where storytelling was an art form that transcended spoken words. The Hunchback of Notre Dame, a cinematic masterpiece from 1923, directed by Wallace Worsley and starring the legendary Lon Chaney, takes on new life under the skilful hands of Aaron Hawthorne and the resounding pipes of the Compton organ.

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"The marriage of 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' and the Compton pipe organ at Bournemouth Pavilion will be an audio-visual feast, taking the audience on an unforgettable journey through the realms of emotion and imagination. I cannot wait to get my hands on that great organ!”

Aaron Hawthorne

A Match Made in Cinematic Heaven

The marriage of Hawthorne's musical prowess and the Compton pipe organ's grandeur promises an immersive experience that ignites the senses. This collaboration pays homage to the golden age of cinema, recreating the magic of an era when live music underscored the drama and emotion on the silver screen.

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“My score to the film is going to be completely improvised; I will be quite literally making it up as we go along so literally anything could happen, and that – to me – is totally thrilling.”

Aaron Hawthorne

The Pavilion’s Historic Pipe Organ is a Star in Its own right

Bournemouth Pavilion's historic Compton pipe organ, a true gem of musical history, will be at the heart of this cinematic spectacle. Installed with meticulous craftsmanship, the Compton organ boasts a rich legacy, and its resounding tones will undoubtedly elevate the ambiance of this special event.

Book your tickets today!

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) with organist Aaron Hawthorne takes place on Wednesday 25 October 2023 at Bournemouth Pavilion. Click here to book your tickets.