Neil Brand

Composer, writer, performer and presenter. 

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Neil Brand is a composer, writer, radio playwright, presenter and broadcaster specialising in silent film and film music. 

Neil has been accompanying silent films for nearly 30 years, writes music for theatre, has written two award-winning musicals and ten radio plays including the Sony-nominated Stan (which he subsequently adapted to great acclaim for BBC4 TV), the Tinniswood prize-nominated Getting the Joke and the live-recorded crowd-pleaser The Big Broadcast. Neil has also presented the Radio 2 arts programme, broadcasts regularly analysing film scores on Radio 4’s The Film Programme. 

Alongside this Neil is a director of the British Silent Film Festival, a visiting professor of the Royal College of Music, and is considered one of the finest exponents of improvised silent film accompaniment in the world. In 2013 Neil was presented with a Fellowship from Aberystwyth University. 

This year Neil has written and presented the acclaimed BBC 4 series Sound of Song exploring the magical elements that come together to create our favourite songs and is currently working on a new series for BBC 4. He'll also be seen on My Vintage for Vintage TV. 


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