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In commemoration of the Battle of the Somme, Chetham’s Music and Outreach departments launched a children’s poetry competition in Spring 2016, in collaboration with Jersey Academy of Music.
From hundreds of poems by children from Greater Manchester and Jersey, six were set to music by renowned film composer Laura Rossi – specially commissioned by Chetham’s for this Remembrance project. The piece premiered at Chetham’s on October 6. The moving performance by a Chetham’s ensemble was attended by winning Manchester poets, local schools, and members of the public. A second performance took place at Jersey Opera House on 22 October.
Forty shortlisted entries from the poetry competition were published in a commemorative book, Poems from the Trenches, distributed to all participant schools and young poets.