Bury Festival Review: Not So Silent Movies

With no rehearsals or sheet music, top musicians fire off improvised soundtracks to classic silent films they have never seen before.

What follows is an innovative curio and joyous celebration of entertainment in one of its purest forms.

Masterpiece comedies by Charlie Chaplain, Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton are given their unique never-to-be-heard-again songbook.

Every pratfall, set piece and dramatic beat has its own musical palette from the delicate stroke of a harp string to the thundering rumble of drums. Notes are suggested by the audience with eclectic results. Much like the ahead of their time films though, Not So Silent oozes with ambition and raw talent. PD