Yorkshire Silent Film Festival

Playing Pictures Academy

Playing Pictures Academy; the pilot edition of Yorkshire Silent Film's development programme for improvising musicans.

At the heart of Yorkshire Silent Film Festival's work is the craft of the improvising film musician. The 2017 programme includes improvised piano, percussion, wind and harp, both solo and in duos and trios. No two screenings will be the same - improvised scoring is the livest of live performance and it's central to the atmosphere of every Yorkshire Silent Film Festival event.

This year, we're piloting a three day workshop for improvising musicians who would like to develop their skills working with moving image. Playing Pictures Academy has been funded by Arts Council England and is presented in association with University of Huddersfield. 

Up to four musicians will work with YSFF musical team and guest tutors between May 28 and 31, culminating in masterclasses with Neil Brand and public performances at St Paul's Hall, University of Huddersfield, on the final evening of the festival. 

We are looking for pianists, guitar players, harpists or percussionists of any age or background to take part in this first Playing Pictures Academy. Applicants should be at least graduate level as players - though formal musical qualifications are not essential. What is essential is experience in improvisation (of any type) and strong general musicianship, alongside an interest in silent film and the potential for live music / moving image collaboration. Applicants do not need experience of working with moving image as an improviser - though it's not a problem if you have already done some work with film. 

Applicants MUST be available to be in Leeds on Sunday 28 May, and then in Huddersfield on Tues 30 and Wed 31 May.  YSFF will cover any accommodation costs, plus all travel costs.

If you'd like to be considered for participation, please send a brief CV of your musical experience, including your improvising, together with links to youtube or other recordings of your performances to producer@yorkshiresilentfilm.com by April 29th.