New silent film with original brass score to be premiered at Morecambe’s Winter Gardens

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Yorkshire Silent Film Festival will present the world premiere of Echoes of the North; Four Chapters in Time at Morecambe’s historic Winter Gardens theatre on November 6.

This new silent film with an original brass score will transport audiences back to Northern England a century ago.

Echoes of the North has been created in partnership with Yorkshire Film Archive, North West Film Archive, North East Film Archive, and London’s Archive Film Agency, and edited by Andy Burns.

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Made from more than a hundred fragments of archive film, it will take audiences down the highways and byways of northern life in the early 20th century - its industries and rural life, its wartimes and festivals, its holidays, family excursions and huge, city-wide occasions.

The film will be accompanied by a new score – the first ever all-brass soundtrack for a silent film – composed by acclaimed composer and musician Neil Brand.

It will be performed live by one of the world’s finest brass bands, West Yorkshire’s Brighouse and Rastrick Band, winners of the 2022 British Open Brass Band Championship, with orchestral conductor Ben Palmer.

Neil Brand said: “The wonderful, resonant images of people going about their lives, work, play and conflict in the first 30 years of the last century spring to life with the timeless beauty of the brass band sound, music that evolves and matches every contrasting mood for us today, just as it could have done when these scenes were shot. This will be a very special event, the first of its kind!”

Tickets are on sale now here