STEPHEN HORNE has long been considered one of the leading silent film accompanists. Based at London’s BFI Southbank, Horne has played at all the major UK venues (such as the Barbican Centre and the Queen Elizabeth Hall), and has recorded music for DVD releases and TV screenings of silent films. Although principally a pianist, he often incorporates flute, accordion and keyboards into his performances—sometimes simultaneously.
Horne regularly performs internationally, and in recent years his accompaniments have met great acclaim at film festivals in, Telluride, San Francisco, New York, Cannes, Bologna, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Istanbul, Shanghai, and Berlin. In 2011 and 2012, Horne was commissioned to compose ensemble scores for the London Film Festival Archive Galas of The First Born (1928) and The Manxman (1929).
In addition to his work in silent film, Horne occasionally collaborates with a small group that recreates magic lantern shows. He is also a specialist in dance accompaniment and plays regularly at the London dance academies.