Neil Brand joins the Academy as Visiting Professor of Piano

-Posted on 16.10.2018

The Royal Academy of Music is pleased to announce renowned silent film accompanist and BBC broadcaster Neil Brand as a new Visiting Professor of Piano.

An improvising piano accompanist for over 30 years, Neil has toured throughout the UK – most recently with his one-man-show The Silent Pianist Speaks – and performed at special events around the world.

He works closely with BBC Symphony Orchestra (BBCSO), a relationship that has resulted in performances of his acclaimed orchestral score for Hitchcock’s silent Blackmail (commissioned by Cinema Ritrovato, Bologna), the BBC Symphony Orchestra / Barbican commission to score Asquith’s silent film Underground (released on DVD by BFI), and two through-scored radio adaptations commissioned by BBC Radio 3 and 4: The Wind in the Willows (nominated for an Audio Drama Award) and A Christmas Carol for Orchestra, Choir and Actors. The latter was performed live by the BBCSO and BBC Singers at Barbican Concert Hall at Christmas 2016.

Neil has presented a number of successful television series on BBC Four including Sound of Cinema, The Music that Made the Movies (2013), Sound of Song (2015), and most recently the acclaimed Sound of Musicals (2017). He is a regular presenter on Radio 4's The Film Programme, a Fellow of Aberystwyth University and was awarded the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors (BASCA) Gold Badge in 2016.

He joins a roster of eminent Visiting Professors in the Piano Department including Imogen Cooper, Richard Goode, Stephen Hough and Pascal Devoyon.

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