Culture Night at University Concert Hall

Friday 17th September 2021, 1:00pm - Friday 17th September 2021, 7:30pm

Culture Night at University Concert Hall

Classics & Chaplin on The Compton Organ

University Concert Hall is delighted to announce that its Compton Organ, in situ since the venue’s inception in 1993 but which has been silent since 1999, has now been restored and will take centre stage for this year’s Culture Night!

Come join us as we welcome celebrated organist Richard Hills to perform a truly delightful medley of light classics and popular tunes from both stage and screen, showcasing this stunning instrument to perfection.

In the 2nd half of the concert one of Charlie Chaplin’s funniest films, The Pawnshop, will be screened with organ accompaniment by Richard. Renowned as one of the most popular shorts Charlie Chaplin made for Mutual, The Pawnshop features the famous “alarm clock” sequence as well as what is regarded as an inspired use of stop-motion photography.

This is a truly unique opportunity to learn more about the fascinating history of the only playable Compton Organ in Ireland, as well as hearing it played in the way it was originally intended!

Richard Hills has had a prestigious career in the theatre organ world and was named ‘Organist of the Year’ in 2010 by the American Theatre Organ Society. He has appeared many times as a soloist on TV and Radio including BBC Radio 3’s ‘Choral Evensong’ and BBC Radio 2’s ‘Friday Night is Music Night’. He made his solo debut at the BBC Proms in 2013.

Presented by RTÉ lyric fm’s Lorcan Murray.


We are very excited to welcome you back to live music.

In order to keep artists, staff, crew and audiences safe, we ask that you adhere to current public health advice when attending a show at UCH:

  • Please do not attend the show if you are suffering with any symptoms of Covid-19.
  • Patrons are required to present a proof of immunity eg. EU Digital Covid Certificate and ID on arrival at UCH.
  • Minors who do not hold proof of immunity must be accompanied by an Adult who carries proof of immunity. Any group bookings including minors should be booked directly through the Box Office on 061 213302
  • Tickets must be pre-printed at home or can be presented on a mobile device for admission. Ticket collection will not be available on the day.
  • Patrons are required to wear masks at all times, including during the performance. Patrons will not be granted access to UCH unless they are wearing a mask.

Patrons are required to follow the most up to date government guidelines at the time of the show and should also familiarise themselves with the full list of UCH guidelines for ticketholders outlined here.

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