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Edward Cahill plays in the Teatro Romano in Ventimiglia, Italian Riviera, in May 1947

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For those of you following some of my occasional posts concerning progress on my 'book in progress' on my great-uncle, the brilliant but forgotten Australian pianist Edward Cahill, you might like to have a look at this small piece of 16mm film which I have had recently transferred to DVD.
You can download and view it in Windows Media Player.

The film clip is silent except for a brief burst of Liszt’s La Campanella. The film is in two brief sections which are rather similar.
It shows Edward playing at the Teatro Romano in Ventimiglia, Italian Riviera, in 1947 as a gesture of reconciliation after the war with Britain. Allied bombing had revealed the ruin. There had not been a performance there for 2000 years until he reopened the theatre . You will see a brief glimpse of his friend the famous Russian/French pioneering gland transplant surgeon Dr. Serge Voronoff (in the hat) towards the end. Eddie is clear as the performing  artist of course and the other foreground gentleman is …