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Mud, Blood and Music Composition Project


 

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, NMPAT has worked with ​eight secondary schools and academies and composer Laura Rossi, on a silent film composition project: Mud, Blood and Music.

Inspired by the Imperial War Museum's commissioning of a contemporary film score by the composer Laura Rossi for the 90th anniversary of the making of the "Battle of the Somme" film, entrants from three age categories were asked to select and compose a score to one of three archive clips provided by the Imperial War Museum.

Finalists were selected for submission by the partner schools and the adjudication for each age group was undertaken by Richard Leigh (KS3), Benjamin Till (KS4) and Laura Rossi (KS5). Results and presentations were shared at our first composition awards evening on 17th January where an overall winner was alos selected.

Congratulations to all finalists on the quiality of their submissions.

Overall competition winner 2017

KS3 Winning entry

KS4 Winning entry

KS5 Winning entry

KS3 Highly commended

KS4 Highly commended

KS5 Highly commended

KS3 finalists

KS4 finalists

KS5 finalists

NSG Academy Showcase 2017

NSG Academy used Somme 100 as the basis for their Showcase using music dance, drama and circus skills. This is a summary of their work.

 


Film clips for composition projects

The three film clips offered as a stimulus for the competition were:

Film 1. THE KING VISITS HIS ARMIES IN THE GREAT ADVANCE (IWM 192)

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  • Context: King George V’s visit to the British forces on the Western Front, 8 to 15 August 1916. He tours parts of Second Army area and the Somme battlefield, while the battle is in progress.
  • Clip: Australian and New Zealand troops cheer the king. A visit to the wounded at a casualty clearing station.

Film 2. THE GREAT GERMAN RETREAT (IWM 131)

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  • Context: Péronne shortly after its capture by the British, Western Front, 17 March 1917.
  • Clip: The Lincolnshire Regiment clear a road lined with damaged trees. The Royal Munster Fusiliers cross a damaged bridge over the Somme. The North Lancashire Regiment marches down a dirt road over the old battlefield. The burning houses of Péronne

Film 3. THE GREAT GERMAN RETREAT (IWM 131)

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  • Context: Péronne shortly after its capture by the British, Western Front, 17 March 1917.
  • Clip: A French destroyed village. Captured German Trenches. A damaged bridge over the Somme.

Hear how Laura Rossi composed her score in this Vimeo clip:

How Laura Rossi composed her score
 

What is Somme 100 all about?

 

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