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As part of the Battle of the Somme Centenary the Hull Philharmonic Orchestra will accompany live, the iconic 1916 film The Battle of the Somme by Geoffrey Malins and John McDowell using the acclaimed score by UK composer Laura Rossi, commissioned by the Imperial War Museum.

This will form Part Two of the concert entitled 1916: The Grim Reality, the second of our three concerts over four years reviewing music at pivotal stages of World War One. In Part One, actors Jane, John and Martha Godber continue the developing stories of soldiers in the Battalions of the East Yorkshire Regiment raised in Hull and their families left behind.

We play the Heroic Elegy by Ernest Farrar, who with a Leeds and Harrogate connection was one of the more local musicians to be lost at this stage of the War. The Lament by Frank Bridge was written for a young relative sunk on the Lusitania. Rudi Stephan, a promising German composer was shot by a Russian sniper and we include his Music for Orchestra, and Polonia by Sir Edward Elgar, which was written to raise money for the Polish victims.


Queen Victoria Square
01482 300 300


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Opening times

Monday 10am - 5pm
Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 11am - 3pm

Creative Credits

Ernest Farrar Heroic Elegy

Frank Bridge Lament

Rudi Stephan Music for Orchestra

Edward Elgar Polonia

Actors: John, Jane and Martha Godber

Laura Rossi The Battle of the Somme

Conductor: Andrew Penn