The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920): Film Screening with Live Accompaniment

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Programme

Voyage a travers l’impossible (1904) 

Darius Battiwalla organ
Sean Morrison 
violin
Jeanette Szeto viola
Ruaraidh Williams cello
YuTing Cao clarinet
Emilio Yanes Ruiz percussion

Interval

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) 

Darius Battiwalla live organ

Timings:

7.30pm / The Impossible Voyage (1904, dir Georges Méliès)
7.50pm / Interval
8.10pm / The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920, dir Robert Weine)

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Biography

Darius Battiwalla

Darius took up the post of Leeds City Organist in 2017, programming the very successful Town Hall recital series and giving regular solo concerts. Recent performances include the recitals at the Cathedrals of Coventry, Lincoln, Ripon, and Lichfield, and this year sees appearances with Collegium Vocale Gent in Ghent and Amsterdam, and the annual recital for the RCO conferment of diplomas. He is currently overseeing the renewal of the Leeds Town Hall organ.

He has appeared as soloist with the Halle – most recently in a live broadcast of Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass with Sir Mark Elder – and London Philharmonic Orchestras, and is a regular orchestral organist and pianist for the BBC Philharmonic and Halle orchestras. As a pianist, he gives regular chamber concerts with members of the Manchester orchestras, and on the harpsichord he has played continuo with many UK orchestras, and performed and broadcast harpsichord concertos: most recently soloist in Frank Martin’s Harpsichord Concerto for the Northern Ballet Theatre.

Darius taught organ and improvisation for many years at the RNCM, and is teaching on this year’s Royal College of Organists summer course.

In the last few years Darius has been increasingly in demand as a silent film accompanist on both organ and piano.  After a sell-out performance of Nosferatu in 2009 at the Sheffield Festival, he has accompanied Phantom of the Opera, The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde on the organ, and on the piano has played for the premieres of the newly restored Helen of Four Gates. For several years he played for a monthly series of films at the National Media Museum, and he makes regular appearances at the Leeds International Film Festival, and has also appeared at the Mayfield Festival, Deer Shed Festival, and many other venues throughout the UK.