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The Battle of the Somme centenary tour at Worcester Cathedral

Posted  14 June 2017 in Events  
By Liz Robertson
Orchestral rehearsals for The Battle of the Somme Centenary Tour c. Worcestershire World War 100 Orchestral rehearsals for The Battle of the Somme Centenary Tour c. Worcestershire World War 100

The Battle of the Somme Centenary Tour arrives at Worcester Cathedral on Saturday 17 June at 7.30pm. 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 Imperial War Museums (IWM) will give pre-performance talks about the battle and the musical score.

The British Police Symphony Orchestra have been working hard to ensure they do justice to Laura Rossi’s incredible score, with the final rehearsals planned for the day itself.

Paul West, former Chief Constable of West Mercia Police and a member of the British Police Symphony Orchestra said: “To be part of such an incredible commemorative project as The Battle of the Somme Centenary Tour is a huge honour for the British Police Symphony Orchestra. Our first rehearsal was particularly poignant, watching the film and beginning our work to learn the score. It will be a privilege to play our part in remembering the sacrifice of those who gave their lives during not only the Battle of the Somme but the whole of World War One.”

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 1916 film The Battle of the Somme with composer Laura Rossi’s acclaimed score, all performed within the anniversary year of the Battle.

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.

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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