The Battle of the Somme

The Cambridge Film Trust, who organise the annual Cambridge Film Festival, are joining forces with the Cambridge Concert Orchestra to bring a screening of the classic 1916 movie The Battle of the Somme to St George’s Church in Cambridge with live orchestral accompaniment.

Ten years ago, to mark 90th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, the Imperial War Museum commissioned composer Laura Rossi to create a brand new score for the iconic 1916 film. This year, to mark 100 years since it was made, the film will be screened at St George’s Church as part of Somme100FILM. 100 worldwide orchestral performances alongside the 1916 film as part of the The Battle of the Somme Centenary Tour.

Owen Baker from the Cambridge Film Trust said,

“When the Trust isn’t organising the Cambridge Film Festival, we try to deliver screenings and events which enable audiences to engage with film culture in a challenging and creative way.” he continues “On September 10th, the Trust will transform St George’s Church into a cinema for the night which will provide the perfect setting for the Cambridge Concert Orchestra to perform this amazing score.”

Since its origins in 1967, the Cambridge Concert Orchestra has evolved to be one of the most adventurous amateur orchestras in the area.

Jan Mentha, Chair of the Orchestra said,

“We love giving concerts, and relish the opportunity to take part in exciting projects that are out of the ordinary. Accompanying the silent film of The Battle of the Somme will be the first time the orchestra has engaged in a film project, and we are thrilled to be able to use the fabulous space and acoustic of St George’s Church and to have the support of the Cambridge Film Trust.”

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Event details:
10th September 2016 | 19:30 | St George’s Church, Chesterfield Road, Cambridge CB4 1LN

Full information and tickets for the event are available through the Cambridge Film Festival website at