Clip from Underground with a preview of the new score IMPORTANT NOTICE: The score is still in composition stages. The music in this clip is just a low quality preview version from the composer's computer. The sound is going to be of much greater quality when performed live by the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Following on from last year’s critically acclaimed performance of Neil Brand’s score for Hitchcock’s Blackmail, we present a revelatory silent tale of love, jealousy, treachery and murder set on the London Underground, brilliantly restored by the BFI National Archive.
Neil Brand shares his thoughts about composing for silent films and his new score for Underground on the Barbican Contemporary Music podcast
Underground (1928) is the first solo film by director Anthony Asquith who went on to direct a string of British classics. Focussing on a fatally flawed love triangle, the film culminates in a thrilling chase down onto the tube lines and is a portrait of 1920s working-class London, with its pubs, lodging houses and, of course, the Underground itself, all tinged with a little magical realism and genuine romance.
The BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Timothy Brock perform the world premiere of a score by Neil Brand, co-commissioned by the BBC SO and the Barbican, at this special screening of the film.
Post-show Q & A discussion with Neil Brand, Timothy Brock, Robin Baker, Matthew Sweet and chaired by Francine Stock.