Later this year the Royal Northern College of Music presents a special screening of Jean Epstein’s classic silent film The Fall of the House of Usher accompanied by a live performance of a new score by Charlie Barber.

Released in France in 1928, The Fall of the House of Usher is a silent horror masterpiece which combines elements of several Edgar Allan Poe stories. It is recognised as Epstein’s best known work and is defined by stirring imagery and haunting interiors.

Charlie Barber’s new score has been composed especially for an ensemble of 16 musicians (taking as its starting point Claude Debussy’s uncompleted opera La Chute de la Maison Usher), and adds further depth to the atmosphere of this cinematic tour de force.

Northern Soul is offering five lucky readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to The Fall of the House of Usher at the RNCM Theatre on Thursday October 30 at 8pm. To be in with a chance of winning simply answer this question: in Helen Nugent‘s article for Northern Soul, in what museum did the RNCM hold its recent off-site project, After the Silence?

Please send your answer to:

Closing date: 11pm on July 30, 2014

A winner will be picked at random and notified by 2pm on July 31, 2014


The Fall of the House of Usher

Thursday October 30, 2014

8pm, RNCM Theatre, Manchester

To buy tickets for The Fall of the House of Usher, call the box office on 0161 907 5555 or log onto