Imogen Heap among musicians to accompany silent films.

Birds Eye View, which has called off its 2012 festival in London due to budget cuts, is still very active with a number of initiatives in the works.

One is Sound & Silents, a programme of live scores by female musicians accompanying silent films by pioneering women. Those will include musicians such as Imogen Heap, Blue Roses and Lola Perrin performing at venues across the UK. Films will include Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, The Seashell and the Clergyman, and The Wind.

Also, BEV Springs is planning International Women’s Week events at London’s Southbank Centre, BFI Southbank and Hackney Picturehouse. Those events will include an International Women’s Day Gala at the BFI on March 8; and three new Sound & Silents live music commissions for Mary Pickford Revived at the Southbank Centre on March 9; and Sparrows at Hackney Picturehouse on March 11 accompanied by Guillemots’ Aristazabal Hawkes.

BEV founder and director Rachel Millward [pictured] said: “I’m thrilled to be taking our Sound & Silents programme to new audiences and new parts of the UK. We’ve always had incredible responses to these events, with their unique combination of cutting edge live music and early cinema: an exciting posthumous collaboration between contemporary female musicians and pioneering women in film.”