The Phantom of the Opera 1925 Silent Movie with Live Score

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Date(s) - 31/10/2019
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

St Canice's Cathedral


This Halloween on Thursday 31st October at 7:30 pm you’re invited to immerse yourself in the atmospheric surroundings of St Canice’s Cathedral for a very special screening of the 1925 silent movie Phantom of the Opera with a live score performed by resident Director of Music Bartosz Thiede on the organ – the horror classic brought to life on the big screen.

Transport yourself to 1890s Paris and take delight in the terror in the unmasking of the Phantom that dwells within the depths of the glamorous Grand Opera House.

The Paris Opera has a resident phantom, who demands tribute in the form of his own private box for every performance. When crossed, he tends to leave a trail of strangled bodies. Meanwhile, Raoul is a nobleman who has just been dumped by his love, Christine. It seems that she has a spectral music teacher who promises to make her the prima donna of the opera.

Who is this mysterious teacher, and is he somehow connected with the Phantom?

Starring Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin and Norman Kerry, Phantom was a film whose production was troubled from the very beginning.  Filmed just at the transition from silent to talkies, and bedevilled by professional spats, last-minute recuts and reshoots, it had disaster potentially written all over it. And yet it is widely acclaimed as a silent movie classic.  Join them at St Canice’s Cathedral on October 31st at 7:30 pm to find out why.

Proceeds from the screening will go towards funding a new choral music festival to be held during Holy Week 2020.

A live musical score to this screening will be performed by Bartosz Thiede (Director of Music) on the cathedral’s restored 1853 Bevington organ.

Tickets are available from Eventbrite ( and the Cathedral Shop.

Tickets:             Full Price €15

                        Students and Over 65s €10

                        Under 18s €5