Silent Film Accompaniment

Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall York University June 2015 SHOW PEOPLE (King Vidor 1928, starring Marion Davies): solo piano

Dumfries and Galloway Festival May 2015: Buster Keaton’s THE GENERAL (two screenings) with percussionist Hazel Morrison

The Washhouse Adelphi Grove, Edinburgh February 2015

  • THE BLACK PIRATE (Albert Parker 1926 starring Douglas Fairbanks) with Roddy Long (violin) and Hazel Morrison (percussion)
  • ONE WEEK (1924) solo piano and SEVEN CHANCES (1926) piano and percussion, hosted by Portobello Open Door

St. Andrews University Film Festival annually 2013 – 2015:

  • ONE WEEK (Buster Keaton 1924) solo piano
  • DRAGNET GIRL (Ozu 1933) piano, percussion and violin
  • DOUBLE WHOOPEE (Lewis R. Foster 1929 starring Laurel and Hardy) piano & percussion
  • THE LAST LAUGH (FW Murnau 1924) piano, percussion and violin)
  • Scottish Screen Archive footage & SHERLOCK JR. (Buster Keaton US 1924) solo piano

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Buster Keaton’s STEAMBOAT BILL JR (1924) with live accompaniment from the Jane Gardner Trio with Hazel Morrison (percussion), Roddy Long (violin) at

Colinsburgh Town Hall December 2013, and St. Michael and All Saints Church, Edinburgh October 2013

Garden City Cinema, Harpenden 31st October 2014 Hitchcock’s silent THE LODGER; A STORY OF THE LONDON FOG (1927) with ‘Classical Mayhem’

Ozu’s DRAGNET GIRL Scottish Tour 2014:

Gaiety Theatre as part of Prestwick World Festival of Flight September 2013 A DASH THROUGH THE CLOUDS (1912) 8 mins, and WINGS (1927) 141 mins Silent film piano accompaniments with percussionist Hazel Morrison

Portobello Grande Royale Summer Seaside Variety Show and St. George’s School for Girls, Edinburgh June and August 2013 WHAT A NIGHT! (1939) 11 mins silent film from the Scottish Screen Archive, with violinist Roddy Long.

The Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema screenings in Scotland’s oldest purpose-built cinema in Bo’ness:

  • 2014 commission for Saturday Night Gala: DRAGNET GIRL (Yasujiro Ozu, Japan 1933) with Hazel Morission (Percussion) and Roddy Long (Electric Violin). Scottish Tour funded by the Film Hub Scotland
  • 2013 commission supported by the PRS for Music Foundation, for piano & flugel horn (Jane Gardner), percussion (Hazel Morrison), cello & musical saw (Su-a Lee), was premiered at the Closing Night Gala: THE GOOSEWOMAN (Clarence Brown US 1925, starring Louise Dresser and Jack Pickford) piano and flugelhorn, with Hazel Morrison (percussion) and Su-a Lee on cello  and musical saw
  • 2012 commission for Closing Night Gala: THE BLACK PIRATE (Albert Parker, starring Douglas Fairbanks US 1926) piano and flugelhorn, with Hazel Morrison on percussion

Hitchcock Silents season 2012 at Edinburgh’s Filmhouse Cinema & Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre (all solo piano):

  • THE MANXMAN Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre

2012 Scottish Tour of THE GENERAL (Buster Keaton US 1926):

  • Aboyne Film Festival
  • Peterhead Film Festival
  • Eastgate Theatre, Peebles ‘Special Event’

National Libraries of Scotland, Edinburgh, June 2012:  Silent Cinema Exhibition Opening: piano accompaniment (a variety of typical themes)

Ballater Station Restaurant 2012: THE BLACK PIRATE (Albert Parker, starring Douglas Fairbanks US 1926) (solo piano)

Keswick Film Festival 2010: MY BEST GIRL (Sam Taylor US 1927) with Jenny Gardner (violin)

Birds Eye View Festival, National Film Theatre & Barbican Cinemas London 2008 – 10:

  • SHOW PEOPLE (King Vidor US 1928)
  • BLUE BOTTLES (Ivor Montague UK 1928)
  • THE LOVE EXPERT (David Kirkland US 1920)
  • THE VAMPIRE (Robert Vignola US 1913)
  • HER SISTER FROM PARIS (Sidney Franklin US 1925)

London Festival of Film and Fashion, Barbican Cinema 2010RED HEELS (Das Spielzeug von Paris) (Michael Curtiz, Austria 1925)

The Cameo Cinema 60th Anniversary, Edinburgh 2009:

  • OUR HOSPITALITY (Buster Keaton US 1923) (solo piano)
  • SHERLOCK JR (Buster Keaton US 1924) semi-scored for  piano, ‘cello, trumpet, ukulele/French horn and percussion

Glasgow Film Theatre 2009, and Torquay Comedy Festival 2008 (Bird’s Eye View) MY BEST GIRL (Sam Taylor US 1927) solo piano

Berwick Film and Arts Festival 2006, 2007 & 2009:

  • THE NAVIGATOR (Buster Keaton US 1924) solo piano
  • STEAMBOAT BILL JR. (Buster Keaton US 1928) solo piano
  • SHERLOCK JR. (Buster Keaton US 1924) semi-scored for  piano, ‘cello, trumpet, ukulele/French horn and percussion
  • LIBERTY (McCarey starring Laurel and Hardy US 1929)

The Waiting Room Eaglescliffe 2006: HE WHO GETS SLAPPED (Victor Sjostrom 1924 starring Lon Chaney)






Image by Graeme MacDonald