War time film to be accompanied by live orchestra

A still from The Battle of the Somme film.

A still from The Battle of the Somme film. - Credit: Archant

Somme100 FILM project is co-ordinating 100 showings of The Battle of The Somme film with its soundtrack performed live by orchestras, one hundred years after it was released.

Laura Rossi, the composer who is leading the Somme100 FILM project.

Laura Rossi, the composer who is leading the Somme100 FILM project. - Credit: Archant

The Cambridge Concert Orchestra will perform, conducted by Suzanne Dexter-Mills, this Saturday (10) in St George’s Church, Chesterton.

When the film was first shown in Cambridgeshire, it would have been accompanied by the Playhouse Orchestra, lead by violinist D. M Westwood, playing popular pieces of music of the day - marches and so on.

Promoters believe the film was shown at the Cambridge Playhouse in October 1916.

The Battle of the Somme was the first feature-length documentary of war in action. It shows some horrific scenes of fighting and explosions. Starts 7.30pm.