One of Dundee’s cultural jewels will bring the clowns of the golden age of silent movies back to life.
Buster Keaton, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy will return to the big screen when virtuoso Richard Hills makes his Dundee debut on the iconic Caird Hall organ on November 9.
Hills will improvise a live accompaniment to Keaton’s final independent film, Steamboat Bill Jr, which was made in 1928. He will also play alongside the 19-minute 1929 silent Laurel and Hardy comedy short Big Business.
The Caird Hall organ is older than both movies, having been built by Harrison and Harrison of Durham in 1922 after being designed by blind organist Alfred Hollins.
Friends of the Caird Hall Organ committee member Jim McKellican said: “We have been running silent film nights, with the magnificent Grade 1 listed Harrison and Harrison concert organ being used to provide musical accompaniment since the inception of the charity in 2010.
“The organ on these occasions has been played by Nigel Ogden and Donald Mackenzie. This year Richard Hills is playing, and we look forward to welcoming him for what I think is his first ‘shotty’ of the Caird Hall organ.
“He is internationally known as a superb accompanist for silent movies, so it is a big thrill to have him coming.”
Mr McKellican said this year’s event has been helped by a contribution from lottery funding, and tickets for the silent movie night are now on sale.