The Somme, one of the bloodiest battles of World War One, is to be commemorated this summer in a centenary concert scored by Heather Fenoughty.
Tickets have been released for the 1 July concert at Heaton Park in Manchester – which was used as a training ground for Somme-bound army recruits.
Fought from July 1916 until November of that year, the Somme resulted in more than one million casualties on the Western Front.
Working with theatre director Alan Lane, Heather will score a unique 14-minute movement-based composition for 100 dancers which will be choreographed by Lucy Hind (who choreographed the London 2012 Paralympics Opening Ceremony) and Dan Watson and will draw on the music of the era.
Speaking of her involvement, Heather said,”I was so excited to be asked to come on board such an ambitious production. I’ve thought a lot about the challenge of how you write music for a performance of this scale in an abstract and respectful way and how the score, together with what we will see on stage, will hopefully convey the sense of hopeful expectation with the brutality of war.”
Tickets are free and are available here.