Neil Brand has been a silent film accompanist for over 30 years, throughout the UK and at film festivals and special events around the world.
He works closely with the BBC Symphony Orchestra (BBSO), a relationship that has resulted in performances of his acclaimed orchestral score for Hitchcock’s silent Blackmail (commissioned by Cinema Ritrovato, Bologna), BBCSO/Barbican commission to score Asquith’s silent Underground (released to great acclaim theatrically and on Blu-Ray/DVD by the BFI), Robin Hood, and Chaplin's Easy Street (released on DVD/Blu-Ray), and two through-scored radio adaptations commissioned by BBC Radios 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 2016 and is published by Faber. His most recent scores are for Hitchcock's The Lodger, and Lon Chaney’s Oliver Twist.
Recently he has toured throughout the UK and abroad with his one-man-show The Silent Pianist Speaks. Neil has presented several successful TV documentaries 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, was awarded the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) Gold Badge in 2016 and is considered one of the finest improvising piano accompanists in the world.
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