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The Apex, Bury St Edmunds
Tuesday 4th April, 2017
It’s always a pleasure to go to the Apex: the welcoming foyer, the bright, spacious bar and of course the world-class acoustic. Last night’s concert Somme100 Film was the perfect modern venue to reflect on history. 90 young musicians from the Suffolk Youth Orchestra walked onto stage and sat in front of a big screen where the original feature length film of 1916 The Battle of the Somme was to be shown accompanied by Laura Rossi’s atmospheric and poignant score.
Challenges were abound – the young musicians were working to a click track, they were playing in virtual darkness and they had been strictly told to resist temptation and not to turn round and watch the film whilst counting bars. But rise to the challenge they did. The music floated around the images, enhancing and making sense of them whilst never detracting from the message of the film. Each ‘big moment’ was expertly anticipated by Philip Shaw’s brilliantly clear beat and the SYO delivered the score to us with a maturity way beyond their years.
In an age of CGI, I was forced to keep reminding myself that this was real footage- Tom Hanks wasn’t about to pop on the screen and the film continue in colour. No, this was real, piercing, and at times harrowing. And it needs to be seen.
Somme100 Film is also being performed tonight April 5th at Snape Maltings, 7.30pm. See more: www.somme100film.com.