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The Battle of the Somme Centenary Tour arrives in Worcester in June

Posted  8 May 2017 in Events  
By Liz Robertson
Still from the British film "The Battle of the Somme". The image is part of a sequence introduced by a caption reading "British Tommies rescuing a comrade under shell fire. (This man died 30 minutes after reaching the trenches)". © IWM (Q 79501)

On Saturday 17 June at 7.30pm The Battle of the Somme Centenary Tour arrives at Worcester Cathedral. The screening will be accompanied by composer Laura Rossi’s live soundtrack performed by the British Police Symphony Orchestra.

The event in Worcester is one of the last dates on The Battle of the Somme Centenary Tour. Composer Laura Rossi and Dr Toby Haggith, Senior Curator at IWM will give pre-performance talks about the battle and the musical score.

Somme100 FILM is an international project, working with IWM, as part of the First World War Centenary Partnership to mark the anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. The project has brought together 100 live orchestral performances of the iconic 1916 film The Battle of the Somme with composer Laura Rossi’s acclaimed score, all performed within the anniversary year of the Battle.

Shot and screened in 1916, The Battle of the Somme was the first feature length documentary about war and changed the way both cinema and film was perceived by the public. It was made by British official cinematographers Geoffrey Malins and John McDowell. In the year of its release around 20 million people, almost half the population of Britain at the time, watched The Battle of the Somme many hoping to see the image of a loved-one, or friend captured on film.

Tickets cost £20 & £15 and are available from Worcester Live 01905 611427 with all proceeds going to The Royal British Legion, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and SSAFA The Armed Forces Charity. http://www.worcesterlive.co.uk/

For more information about how Worcestershire is commemorating World War One, including the event on 17 June, visit http://www.ww1worcestershire.co.uk/

For more information on The Battle of the Somme Centenary Tour visit www.somme100film.com

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