'A powerful sense of being present'
Two excerpts from The Battle of Ancre with Laura Rossi's music
Skipton Building Society Camerata will perform a new score to accompany the Battle of Ancre, a silent film taken on the Western Front in 1916. The music, written by Laura Rossi, will be performed live by the orchestra alongside the screening at Skipton Town Hall on Friday 9 November at 7.30pm.

The performance is part of a tour of the film with live orchestra supported by the Imperial War Museum; Dr Toby Haggith, Senior Curator, Department of Second World War at the IWM is keen to emphasis the importance and significance of the film ‘The general opinion of Battle of the Ancre was that the new film was incredibly realistic, giving viewers a powerful sense of being present on the battlefield. Although shot at distance and sometimes poorly exposed, this footage is a powerful actual record of battle, showing soldiers hurrying into a misty no man’s land, or clambering out of successive lines of trenches and advancing towards a skyline overshadowed by fracturing clouds of shrapnel shells.’
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