Great Hall

Richard Hills | Organ music and silent film screening

In Ventspils, following the tradition started last year, on October 31, or on All Saints' Day, in the concert hall “Latvia” an evening of organ music and silent film screening will take place. During this concert the British organist Richard Hills will form an original soundtrack for the classics of horror films – “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” directed by Robert Wiene (1920).

Richard Hills has been identified as one of the few musicians who can bring together two worlds of organic music – classical and dramatic. The artist had originally mastered organ play with William Whitehead at Rochester Cathedral, then at Oxford Exeter College, Portsmouth Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, where his teachers were organists Rosemary Field and David Sanger. At the moment, Richard Hills successfully combines solo career, baroque continuo playing, choir training and teaching, at the same time being an organist at St. Marian London centre parish.

The artist has received countless awards in both his native Britain and the United States, where the American Theatre Organ Society identified him as the “The Organist of the Year” in 2010. Richard Hill's solo performance has been broadcasted on numerous occasions in national and international television and radio programmes such as BBC Radio 3 “Choral Evensong” and BBC Radio 2 “Friday Night is Music Night”. In 2013, the artist debuted on the prestigious “BBC Proms”, returning to this festival also in 2015 and 2019, along with the BBC Scottish Symphony and John Wilson Orchestra.

At a concert on October 31, the audience will get to know Richard Hill as a film organist, hearing his version of a soundtrack to one of the most vivid German expressionist films “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”, which American theater critic and producer Kenneth McGovern describes briefly: “The film is more interesting and exciting than the American cinematographer of all that time.”

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