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Highly acclaimed silent film accompanist Neil Brand performs a live piano soundtrack to Anthony Asquith's 1928 drama Underground, starring Brian Aherne, Elissa Landi and Cyril McLaglen as a trio of ordinary Londoners caught up in a love triangle, set on and around the London Underground (running time: 84 minutes).
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, including Australia, New Zealand, America, Israel, Sweden, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, and - in Italy - the Bologna, Aosta, Bergamo and Pordenone festivals where he has inaugurated the School of Music and Image to teach up and coming young pianists about silent film accompaniment.
Training originally as an actor, he has made his name as a writer/performer/composer, scoring BFI video releases of such films as South (Shackleton’s Journey to the South Pole), The Ring by Alfred Hitchcock, and Piccadilly (premiered at the Lincoln Centre). His most recent DVD scores are for Sherlock Holmes (the great lost Gilette film), Ozu Classics for Criterion and, for the Cinematheque Francais, Maison du Mystere, Le Brasier Ardent, Les Adventures de Robert Macaire and Mauprat.
Neil is also a prolific radio playwright including Sony and Tinniswood-nominated dramas Stan (which he adapted for BBC TV) and Getting the Joke. He has twice toured nationally with Paul Merton as well as appearing in, and supplying music for Merton’s silent film related TV documentaries. 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. He is considered one of the finest improvising piano accompanists in the world.