The King of Kings – Friday 17th April at 7:45 pm

The King of Kings – Friday 17th April at 7:45 pm Poster

An unusual opportunity to see a silent movie from the golden age of film making, with organ accompaniment by one of today’s finest musicians

The King of Kings…

One of the great classic silent movies, directed by Cecil B DeMille, and with celebrated stars of the time in the main roles. The film depicts many well known events from the life of Jesus, including various miracles, and the crucifixion and resurrection scenes. DeMille even manages to include some humour as a small girl asks Jesus to repair her broken doll!

The organ…

Installed in July 1913, just a year after the church was dedicated, the organ is a fine example of Edwardian engineering. Coupled with an amazing acoustic (helped by the barrel-vaulted roof), the instrument is one of the finest in Surrey.

David Briggs (the organist)…

A former organ scholar at King’s College, Cambridge, subsequently organist at Hereford, Truro & Gloucester Cathedrals and now based in Toronto, David is a leading international organ recitalist with a particular interest in improvising to silent movies. His performances have been widely praised – fellow organist Carlo Curley commented ‘I have never heard a more thrilling performance and you may quote me to the ends of the earth (and beyond).’ For more information, including a link to a recent performance of David improvising, see www.david-briggs.org.

This performance…

The film will be shown on a large screen at the front of the nave, with good viewing from all seats in the church, and the soundtrack improvised instantly on the organ by David Briggs. There will be one interval during the performance, with drinks available in the Church Hall.

Tickets…

From 12th March, numbered seats (see plan here) may be reserved by email via this link. Alternatively phone either 01483 564939 or 01932 354394 to reserve the best available seats. Tickets are priced according to the seating – upholstered seats in the front two-thirds of the nave are £15 each (£5 for U18’s); seats at the rear of the nave are £10 (£5 for U18’s). All seats have good views of the screen, and the sound produced from the organ carries well through the whole building.

St John’s Church, Camphill Road, West Byfleet…

Dedicated in 1912, the building was designed by W D Caroe, a major figure in the Arts & Crafts movement. A significant landmark, the church stands at a prominent location in the middle of West Byfleet, adjacent to the A245 Cobham/Woking road. The postcode is KT14 6EH, and parking is available both at the church (off Camphill Road), and opposite in the village centre car park.

More information…

Please contact Ian Church, Director of Music at St John’s on 01483 564939 or email ianchurch@ntlworld.com