• Short Summary

    Good footage of the Eight Piano Rhapsody at the Carlton Cinema, Islington, London.

  • Description

    Full titles read: "EIGHT PIANO RHAPSODY - Produced by Phil Finch. Filmed at Carlton Cinema, Islington, London."

    L/S's of the pianists playing their pianos (it's quite a spectacle). There are several good C/U's and M/S's of the pianists (Unfortunately this cataloguer cannot identify them). L/S's and M/S's of the audience watching solemnly from their seats.

    The piece after 1:12 is Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No.2

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:18:11:00 / 01:21:49:00
    PT 187

Comments (4)

  1. Unknown user says


    You may be interested to know this. I have an original HMV (C2616) 78rpm of Phil Finch playing Rhapsody in Blue with 8 pianos. My father met him on several occasions when he was the projectionist at the cinema at that time. He then went on to be head projectionist at The Grand Central in Hackney Road, owned by his stepfather.

    Richard Barrett

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  2. Lisa York says

    Dear Richard,
    My husband's grandfather "may have" played on this recording if it was the 1st recording of Rhapsody in Blue by this kind of ensemble in England. Would anyone you know remember the names of any of the pianists in the ensemble? I assume that HMV stands for the record label at the time. Could you tell me what it is? Thank you most kindly, Lisa York

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  3. rebno167 says

    Dear Lisa

    Rather belatedly I have only just seen your message. Sadly I don;t know anyone now still alive who would know the names of the pianists.
    HMV stands for His Master's Voice which was the prominent record label for many years.
    I have now put it on You Tube...here is the link


    There is another recording of an 8 piano ensemble playing Hungarian Rhapsody and Rustle of Spring on You Tube which shows all the pianists quite clearly...You never know! Good Luck Richard

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  4. babbott57 says

    IDear Richard
    II'm not sure your father's memories are accurate. Philip Finch was my great uncle, and never had a step-father, and wasn't a projectionist. However, the information may not be totally inaccurate as we had another acquaintance Harry (Jerry) Coode who was a projectionist and was briefly married to my great aunt Hilda Finch who WAS one of the other pianists. My mother has also remembered the following names Edgar and Louisa Stace (brother and sister) and a Mrs Beckett.
    Bob Abbott

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