The Battle of the Somme Centenary Tour: Suffolk Youth Orchestra

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Suffolk Youth Orchestra: one of 100 orchestras taking part in The Battle of the Somme Centenary Tour

The First World War Centenary Partnership, led by the Imperial War Museums (IWM), is a network of national and international organisations who together are presenting a vibrant programme of cultural events and activities to mark, commemorate and remember the lives of those who lived, fought and died during the First World War.

Somme100 FILM is an international project, working with IWM as part of the Partnership to mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. Between July 2016 – July 2017, there aims to be 100 live orchestral performances of the iconic 1916 film The Battle of the Somme, with composer Laura Rossi’s acclaimed score.

The film

Shot and screened in 1916, The Battle of the Somme was the first feature length documentary about war. In the first three months of its release, around 20 million people in Britain and Ireland had visited the cinema to see it. Informing and challenging the public with its images of warfare, the film changed the way both cinema and film was perceived.

Just two cameramen shot the film: Geoffrey Malins and John McDowell. Filming took place between 25 June and 9 July 1916, covering the build-up and opening stages of the Battle of the Somme.

The music

Commissioned by the IWM, Rossi’s score is a soundtrack to the digitally restored film. First performed in 2006 to mark the 90th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, the score received a glowing 5 star review in The Times:

“And these troops in the mud grinned or stared at us to a new music score by Laura Rossi, brilliantly effective.” Geoff Brown, The Times. *****

Suffolk Youth Orchestra

Suffolk Youth Orchestra, the flagship of Suffolk County Music Service’s Suffolk Youth Music programme, will be performing Rossi’s score to two screenings of the silent film. The performance will last 80 minutes, without an interval.

Tuesday 4 April 2017 at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds

Tickets are available from The Apex Box Office online or by phone 01284 758000.

Adult £12, Senior £10, student/child £5

Wednesday 5 April 2017 at Snape Maltings Concert Hall

Tickets are available from Snape Maltings Box Office online or by phone 01728 687110

Adult £11, £10, £8, and student/child £8.50, £7.50, £5.50

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