Battle of the Somme Centenary Tour administration
29 June 2016
From July 2016 to July 2017, 100 live orchestral performances of Rossi's acclaimed score will be performed across the UK, alongside the iconic 1916 film The Battle of the Somme.
Up and down the country, The Battle of the Somme Centenary Tour are connecting with a variety of professional, amateur, youth and university orchestras, bringing people of all ages and abilities together to celebrate this momentous, historical occasion.
The original release of the 1916 film was seen by half the adult UK population, accompanied by musicians playing a selection of patriotic tunes and marches. Laura Rossi's new score is commissioned by the Imperial War Museum for the 100th anniversary of the battle. The re-mastered film was screened to a full house at the Queen Elizabeth Hall with the world premiere of Laura's orchestral score, performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra. It received excellent critiques, including a 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 *****
The Battle of the Somme Centenary Tour already has some big names lined up – The BBC Concert Orchestra will be playing Laura's score at the Royal Festival Hall in November as well as many other professional and amateur orchestras in the UK, France and New Zealand. There's still time for you to participate in this historic project, find out more at here