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The Battle of the Ancre Concert Tour

Composed by Laura Rossi

Bristol Ensemble

Conducted by William Goodchild

Friday 9th November 2018

Redland Hall, Bristol

Laura Rossi’s score performed live to the 1916 silent film, The Battle of the Ancre

The Battle of the Ancre is the official film of the British Army’s autumn campaign on the Somme, which ran from September to November 2016. The film contains haunting images of trench warfare, the waves of troops advancing into no man’s land, the use of horses and first views of the ‘tank’ – the secret weapon, which it was hoped would break the military deadlock on the Western Front.


In 2012, the Imperial War Museum commissioned Laura Rossi to compose music in five movements to accompany the film. Bristol Ensemble and conductor William Goodchild perform this beautiful score live to picture as part of the Remembrance Commemorations taking place in Bristol, November 2018.