Tickets go on sale for Sunderland cultural event to commemorate the Battle of the Somme

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Tickets go on sale today for a landmark event to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

Asunder will see some of the region’s most notable contemporary and classical musicians - Field Music, Royal Northern Sinfonia and Warm Digits - perform a live score to a moving film to mark the history milestone.

Warm Digits

Warm Digits

Premiering at Sunderland Empire on July 10, Asunder will tell a powerful story of the city’s involvement in one of the most traumatic battles in military history through largely unknown personal experiences.

As well as the film, which is being directed by award-winning British filmmaker Esther Johnson, and live score, theatre-goers will be able see rare memorabilia and historical artefacts from the time.

Bob Stanley, creative producer, said: “It’ll be a unique event - the combination of the Sinfonia and possibly the two best bands in the North East performing a

live score to a new film featuring some incredible archive footage and fascinating local stories, along with the other events going on inside and outside the Empire, should be a really memorable day, and I hope one that people will be talking about for years to come.

Sunderland during WW1

Sunderland during WW1

“I want everyone who sees it to take pride in the region’s unique history and to feel they can help to build its future.”

Community groups will be contributing to the film, and will be invited to take part in a day of activities on July 10.

The project is the only North East co-commission in the national 14-18 NOW programme, which aims to connect people with the First World War as part of the UK’s official centenary commemorations.

Asunder will premiere at Sunderland Empire on July 10, at 2.30pm and 7.30pm, before touring at selected venues. To book tickets visit http://www.atgtickets.com/shows/asunder/sunderland-empire/ or call the box office on 0844 871 3022.