Neil Brand is a well-known composer, prolific British dramatist, writer and pianist, who designed and presented a three part-series for BBC Four, Sound of Cinema: The Music that Made the Movies, which was aired in September 2013.
The editors of The New Soundtrack had a long conversation with him the Royal Festival Hall London and have included the full interview in the latest issue of the journal. In their introduction, the editors keenly stressed Brand’s unique position in the world of film music. He regularly discusses film scores (from orchestral to jazz, rock and pop) on BBC Radio 4’s The Film Programme, is the premier live accompanist for silent films, and has created new orchestral scores for classic early films, including the silent version of Alfred Hitchcock’s Blackmail (UK 1928). Neil’s play, Stan, on the death of Stan Laurel, originally broadcast on Radio 4 starring Tom Courtenay, was also made into a television film for BBC Four.
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