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Organist Alessandro Pittorino and the Reverend John Meagher get creepy ahead of the Halloween Horror Symphony. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d408918
Organist Alessandro Pittorino and the Reverend John Meagher get creepy ahead of the Halloween Horror Symphony. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d408918

Church of St Mary the Virgin will be showing the 1922 classic silent film Nosferatu as part of a Halloween horror symphony, following a performance of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor.

The vampire movie, which will be shown on a big screen suspended from two balconies, will be accompanied by Alessandro Pittorino on St Mary’s Rodgers three-manual concert organ.

The Reverend John Meagher said Halloween in a church may seem peculiar but stressed it was a concert rather than a service.

‘Some people are a bit surprised we’re doing this, but Halloween had its foundations in the Christian festival of All Hallows Eve, the night before All Saints Day or All Hallows Day,’ he said.

‘And while Nosferatu is, on the surface, a film about a vampire, it is also a story about love and self-sacrifice, themes which fit very comfortably with the Christian call to love extravagantly.

‘No matter what we think about the power of evil, the power of love is stronger.’

Mr Meagher encouraged people to dress in costume to make the most of the entertainment.

Proceeds from the event will go towards the parish’s organ scholarship program, which offers $10,000 each year to young organists in Perth and provides a venue for emerging talent to perform.