April programme: Neil Brand


Neil Brand has been a silent film accompanist for over 30 years, regularly in London at the Barbican and BFI National Film Theatres, throughout the UK and at film festivals and special events around the world, where he has inaugurated the School of Music and Image to teach up- and-coming young pianists about silent film accompaniment.            

Neil is also a prolific radio playwright including Sony – and Tinniswood – nominated dramas Stan(which he adapted for BBC TV) and Getting the Joke, as well as establishing the regular live-recorded musical series The Big Broadcast.

Neil is becoming well-known as a TV presenter on BBC4 with his hugely successful series Sound of Cinema, The Music that Made the Movies and Sound of Song, is a regular presenter on Radio 4’s Film Programme, a Fellow of Aberystwyth University and a Visiting Professor of the Royal College of Music and is considered one of the finest improvising piano accompanists in the world. http://www.neilbrand.com

He will present Adventures in the Missing Sense about his twin (and complementary) roles as silent film accompanist (creating sound for solo visuals) and radio playwright (creating visuals out of sound alone).