"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.'
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’s Bells and Whistles (YouTube Channel)
Composer and musician Neil Brand presents a series on the movie musical - from Hollywood to China and the USSR, and from Snow White and Gene Kelly to Grease and La La Land.
Dramatisations and readings of his classic ghost stories
M. R. James Mark Gatiss (Read by) James D'Arcy (Read by) Anton Lesser (Read by) Julian Rhind-Tutt (Read by) Derek Jacobi (Read by) Fenella Woolgar (Read by) Full Cast (Read by)
Spine-tingling stories by M. R. James, plus a chilling original drama and two bonus programmes about his life and work
M. R. James was the master of the uncanny.
His classic supernatural stories have haunted readers for over a century, and been adapted countless times for radio, TV and film.