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 included improvised piano, percussion, 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 Yorkshire Silent Film Festival.

In May 2017, we piloted a two day workshop for improvising musicians who would like to develop their skills working with moving image. Playing Pictures Academy was funded by Arts Council England presented in association with University of Huddersfield. 

Two musicians worked with the YSFF musical team between May 28 and 31, culminating in masterclasses with Neil Brand and public performances in Phipps Hall, University of Huddersfield, on the final evening of the festival. .