The Battle of the Ancre
Concerts and Events
The Battle of the Ancre and the Advance of the Tanks (IWM 1917 film by G Malins & JB McDowell).
Music by Laura Rossi
William Goodchild conductor
With a short talk by Dr Toby Haggith from the Imperial War Museums
The Battle of the Ancre and Advance of the Tanks is the official film of the British Army’s autumn campaign on the Somme, which ran from September to November 1916.
In 2012, the Imperial War Museums commissioned Laura Rossi to compose music in five movements to accompany the different sections of the film.
Join the Bristol Ensemble at Redland Hall, Redmaids’ High School, to hear this poignant music performed live to accompany a screening of the film. The Battle of the Ancre and the Advance of the Tanks contains haunting images of trench warfare, notably of the mud that beset the battlefields, the waves of troops advancing into no man’s land, the use of horses and the first views of the ‘Tank’; the secret weapon which it was hoped would break the military deadlock on the Western Front.
Speaker: Dr Toby Haggith, Senior Curator, Second World War and Mid-20th Century
Toby is a historian who joined the Imperial War Museum’s Film Department in 1988. He holds a PhD in Social History from the University of Warwick and has published various essays on film and history. In 2000, Toby became head of non-commercial access to the film and video collection and responsible for devising the daily Public Film Show programme. In 2001 he started the IWM Film Festival, and was closely involved in the creation and recording of the musical tracks on the IWM DVD release of the digitally restored 1916 film, The Battle of the Somme. Now a Senior Curator in the Second World War team, Toby has recently worked on major film projects including the DVD release of the German Concentration Camps Factual Survey and an alternative musical score for the Battle of the Ancre.
Tickets are £20 for adults, £5 for students and under 18s, available from Eventbrite