THE SILENT PIANIST SPEAKS
"...the Doyen of silent film accompanists..." Torin Douglas Today Programme - BBC Radio 4 "Brand's skill and charisma as a performer are unquestionable."
"This is a show which is never dull and you are in the company of a master of art and technique."
"Brand's improvised piano playing elevates silent movies from crude slapstick to subtle ballet."
NEIL BRAND TO RECEIVE GOLD BADGE AWARD FROM BASCA
BASCA announces the twelve exceptional individuals who will collect a Gold Badge Award on Monday 3rd October in recognition of their unique contribution to music.
Crispin Hunt, BASCA Chairman said: “It is a great pleasure for BASCA to celebrate the creativity, inspiration, taste and genius included in this year’s list of Gold Badge Award recipients.
Each of these remarkable individuals has helped shape the architecture of the music Britain loves in their own unique and significant way. For BASCA’s community of songwriters and composers to be able to congratulate and pay tribute to their influence in our profession at this joyous event is an honour. It’ll be a good one.”
"One of the great movie-going events of the year was the screening at the Barbican (Piccadilly) with Neil Brand's bluesy new score played live."
Philip French The Observer - June 2004'Above all else, Brand’s score has breathed new life into an already outstanding piece of work. He, along with the combined efforts of Brock and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, has taken each of the film’s signature themes and developed them to an unprecedented degree. At times humorous and sweet, at others threatening and frightening, Blackmail, with this score, is surely as powerful and effective as any of Hitchcock’s most acclaimed achievements.'
On Wednesday 10 July, 2013,Neil Brand was presented as Fellow of Aberystwyth University.
Neil, who graduated in English and Drama from Aberystwyth, was presented by Professor Robert Meyrick, Head of the School of Art.
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