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6th November 2014 - Donald Mackenzie accompanying the 1927 silent film 'Wings', 7.30pm

As a part of Southampton Film Week 2014, we are delighted to announce a special screening of the 1927 classic silent film Wings. Set in the 1st World War, which in this centenary year is highly appropriate, this award winning and highly acclaimed film features aerial photography and action footage of the fledgling RAF, the likes of which had not previously been seen.

To accompany the film we are very proud to present the UK's foremost artist in the field of theatre organ accompaniments, Donald MacKenzie, who is also the resident organist of the famous Odeon Leicester Square. Donald's ability to enhance a silent film and provide an instant sound track that fits and punctuates it is astounding. And the Guildhall organ is the most fantastic instrument with which to do so!

So come join us for an evening of historic cinema and wonderful music on the UK's most incredible musical instrument - Southampton Guildhall's Compton theatre organ - the largest theatre organ in the UK!

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7th September 2014 - Len Rawle MBE, 2.30pm

Len Rawle MBE, the UK's favourite theatre organist, has been entertaining the UK public for more years than he cares to remember. A hugely popular and talented musician, Len always puts on a great show. We are especially pleased to welcome him to the Guildhall today to play the mighty Compton organ - an instrument he has not seen since it was resurrected from an almost unplayable condition in 2008. Hopefully he will be pleased with his findings and we're sure will provide a great afternoon's entertainment.

Len is also famous for actually owning a large theatre organ himself - installed in his house he has the Wurlitzer organ from the Empire Leicester Square. He's never short of something to practice on therefore, as today's concert will undoubtedly prove.

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13th July 2014 - Michael Wooldridge, 2.30pm

We are delighted to welcome highly popular organist Michael Wooldridge to the Guildhall for a full concert. He delighted patrons last year by playing the Compton for a dance - something he is highly skilled at - and his concert today will highlight his mastery of this wonderful instrument.

Michael is renound for his orchestral and big band playing styles and is very much in demand all over the country. Make sure of your seat to hear this great combination of artist and instrument!

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Compere and producer for all shows - Peter Hammond

All concerts will have two 55 min (approx) sets (except for silent film shows) with a 20 min interval between.

All concerts will feature informal tables and chairs in a relaxed, comfortable and atmospheric setting.

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