Echoes of the North: Four Chapters in Time

19th December 2022

Echoes of the North: a new film created by YFA as part of an unprecedented collaboration between the Yorkshire and North East Film Archives, North West Film Archive, and London’s Archive Film Agency, takes audiences down the highways and byways of northern life in the early 20th century - its industries and rural life, its wartimes and festivals, its transport, holidays, family excursions and huge, city-wide occasions. 

Comprising more than a hundred fragments of archive film, skilfully woven together by YFA Editor, Andy Burns, Echoes of the North will transport you back to Northern England a century ago.  It premiered to a delighted audience at the Yorkshire Silent Film Festival in November 2022 and from 20th December 2022 is available to watch for free for a limited period - subscribe to Yorkshire Silents on YouTube: 

The film is accompanied by an original brass score (the first ever all-brass soundtrack for a silent film) composed by acclaimed composer, musician, writer and broadcaster Neil Brand and performed by the world-famous Brighouse and Rastrick Band.  Neil brings his unique touch with silent film, breathing new life into these rare and evocative images. The soundtrack was recorded – with support from digital agency The Space - live at the film’s premiere, with Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band conducted by Ben Palmer, who also orchestrated the score.