21 – Leicester Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Andrews
Date – 1st October 2016, 7:30 pm
Venue – Leicester Cathedral, Leicester, LE1 5PZ
Leicester Symphony Orchestra, conducted by John Andrews, put on a packed out live screening in collaboration with The British Silent Film Festival at Leicester Cathedral. IWM senior curator Dr. Toby Haggith gave a pre-concert talk.
“Saturday’s concert in Leicester Cathedral was an enormous success, and the score is nothing short of a masterpiece, bringing that footage to life with a twenty-first century perspective that never for a moment sacrifices a sense of the world as it was in 1916. The audience were certainly hugely appreciative.”
John Andrews, Conductor
“The ever enterprising Leicester Symphony Orchestra performed Laura Rossi’s 2006 score commissioned to accompany the 1916 film “The Battle of the Somme” to a screening of the film, in this year, the centenary of the battle. Very cleverly synchronised percussion (very tight playing from the LSO) with the firing of the big guns and howitzers Laura Rossi’s music also captures some of the more tranquil parts of the film very well. The orchestra played well throughout. There was a serene (and very high) violin solo played by leader Catherine Cole.”