St Bartholomew’s Church in Wilmslow reverberated to the sound of unrestrained laughter on Saturday afternoon as a large and appreciative audience assembled to enjoy the screening of the silent movie “Cameraman” in which Buster Keaton plays a hapless cameraman desperately trying to win the love of his life.
The many laugh-out-loud comic moments, plus moments of tenderness and pathos, enabled Donald MacKenzie at the organ to showcase the outstanding range the new organ is capable of.
One audience member was heard to comment: “I didn’t know you could do that on a church organ… I thought you just played hymns on it.”
Another commented that it was the most fun they had ever had in a church!
The afternoon wouldn’t have been complete without Donald’s own blend of technical excellence, imagination and quick wit – enabling him to create improvised accompaniments to silent films that are amongst the finest of their kind anywhere in the world.
The audience were enthralled by his playing and he received a prolonged ovation at the end of the performance.
St Bart’s organist Philip Underwood said: “It was quite simply some of the finest organ playing I have ever heard.”