Get a five star fright at the Usher Hall this Halloween

Cinema lovers who enjoy a spooky thriller will be in their element at a special Halloween film event being held at Edinburgh’s world famous Usher Hall.

Earlier this week, the iconic venue on Lothian Road celebrated becoming the only concert hall in Scotland to land a five star rating from VisitScotland. Inspectors praised the Hall's exceptional facilities, acoustics and first class customer service.

To mark Halloween this year, the dramatic sounds of the historic concert hall's organ will accompany a screening of the original silent film, Faust (1926) on Saturday 29 October at 7.30pm.

In true 1920's style, creepy music will be performed as the story unfolds by the accomplished concert organist and silent film accompanist, Donald MacKenzie, who last year played the organ to accompany a Halloween screening of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

The Usher Hall organ was built by Norman and Beard in 1914 and restored by Harrison and Harrison in 2003. The organ cost a vast £4,000 in 1914 and many famous musicians have given recitals over the years.

To set the mood at the beginning of the Fright Night evening, an illusionist will be performing a Victorian style séance. Edinburgh's own Scott Smith will attempt to bring the macabre history of the site of the concert hall to life on stage.  He'll be raising the spirits in more ways than one!

The audience is invited to get into the Halloween spirit by dressing up in 1920's fashion.  A prize will be offered for the best outfit and a jazz band will perform in the concert bar from 6.30pm.  The audience is encouraged to arrive early to enjoy the music and soak up feel the vintage ambience.

Councillor Deidre Brock, Culture and Leisure Convener, said: "A silver screen classic with expert live accompaniment, an illusionist, the chance to don Twenties garb and possibly even commune with some of Edinburgh's resident spirits  - all these elements will make for an unforgettable evening spent in Scotland's only five star concert hall."

The Usher Hall is reputedly haunted and a paranormal investigation took place by Ghost Hunters International earlier this year (2011). The programme was screened on Sky One.

The original story of Faust by Goethe is considered amongst the best of German literature. Russian director Alexander Sokurov's new take on the German legend has just scooped a Golden Lion - the top award at the Venice Film Festival.

Faust is rated PG.  Tickets are £12 and concessions are available.

To book, please visit www.usherhall.co.uk or call the box office on 0131 228 1155.

Future concerts/events at the Usher Hall include:  Toby Keith, Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers, Children's Classic Concerts,  Toumani Diabaté, Anoushka Shankar, Kate Rusby and Lindsey Buckingham, to name a few.

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