Alfred Hitchcock's Piano by Candlelight

Thu Mar 07 2024 at 08:15 pm to 09:30 pm

St Vincent's Chapel: Scottish Episcopal Church | Edinburgh

Matthew Shiel
Publisher/HostMatthew Shiel
Alfred Hitchcock's Piano by Candlelight
Witness the genius of film composition with a cinematic piano recital and silent film showing inspired by Alfred Hitchcock and Hollywood
About this Event

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Sink into your seat with a complimentary hot chocolate as award-winning pianist Matthew Shiel performs favourite Hollywood film music including: Schindler's List, Imperial March (from Star Wars) and Hedwig's Theme (from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone) by John Williams and Prelude and M**der (from Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho) by Bernard Herrmann - performed by atmospheric candlelight in our special candlelit chapel setting.

And for an unforgettable grand finale, Matthew Shiel will transport you back in time to the golden era of Hollywood to experience the magic of the silent screen. During the silent film era (1890 -1930) - a cinema pianist was expected to improvise music to accompany the film. Tonight, in keeping with silent cinema traditions, Matthew Shiel will provide a film score to Charlie Chaplin's "Police" (1916) and "A Trip to the Moon" (1902). "A Trip to the Moon" is the first science fiction film ever made and one of the most influential films in cinema history.

These candlelit concert experiences are a fun and entertaining way to wind down after a busy week - ticket includes a complimentary hot chocolate to enhance the experience.

This event is a unique opportunity to celebrate the musical genius of Hollywood cinema and relive the magic of silent cinematography. Grab your friends and family and join us for an unforgettable evening filled with laughter and entertainment!

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Cinema Paradiso - Ennio Morricone

Gabriel's Oboe (from The Mission) - Ennio Morricone

Any Other Name (from American Beauty) - Thomas Newman

Imperial March Theme (from Star Wars) - John Williams

Jurassic Park - John Williams

Hedwig's Theme (from Harry Potter) - John Williams

Jaws - John Williams

Over the Rainbow (from The Wizard of Oz) - Harold Arlen

Prelude and M**der (from Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho) - Bernard Herrmann

Theme from James Bond - Monty Norman

and more...


A Trip to the Moon (1902)

Charlie Chaplin's 'Police' (1916)

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Tonight's Pianist: Matthew Shiel

Matthew Shiel is a concert pianist and conductor based in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was the recipient of a scholarship to study piano at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he graduated with first class honours and several academic and performance prizes including: J.S. Bach Competition Prize for Piano, Harpsichord and Organ, Mary and Raymond Thomson Organ Scholarship, and Agnes Millar Prize for Outstanding Harmony and Counterpoint.

He has performed piano solo and duet recitals at venues such as St Giles' Cathedral (Edinburgh), Sage Gateshead (Newcastle) and Unitarernes Hus (Copenhagen, DK) and has been invited to be a guest speaker to the Wagner Society of Scotland and the University of Middlesex. He has performed several concertos with the Abbotsford String Orchestra, Little Biggar Orchestra and the Àirigh Orchestra. He was also entrusted to give the world première of Dr Alfredo Caponnetto's Baroque Concerto (PhD, University of Edinburgh), which the composer kindly dedicated to him.

He is conductor of the Àirigh Orchestra and the Scottish Meditation Orchestra and teaches piano at the University of Edinburgh.

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'Stage' (2023) by Emma Yitong Shen

Her artworks are inspired by tonight's musical artist Matthew Shiel and are exhibited onstage as part of our candlelight chapel concert series.

Her artworks, prints and cards are also available for sale during the concert


Event Venue & Nearby Stays

St Vincent's Chapel: Scottish Episcopal Church, St Vincent Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom


GBP 7.50 to GBP 29.50

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