Lucy scores tune for popular film festival

Lucy Farrimond
Lucy Farrimond

A young composer has teamed up with the borough’s biggest celebration of cinema by writing the event its own theme music.

Lucy Farrimond, who studies at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, has created the orchestral introduction track for the Leigh Short Film Festival.

I’ve never written something on this scale before

Lucy Farrimond

Now in its fourth year, the event at the Turnpike sees low-budget, up-and-coming film-makers from across the country battling it out to secure the coveted audience’s choice award or be named best animation or North West production.

Leigh Short Film Festival chair Paul Costello said: “We were absolutely delighted that Lucy has written a piece of music especially for us.

“It is very special to us and will feature prominently in the opening of the festival.”

The 2017 film festival will be notably different to previous years with the night of short movies at the Turnpike joined by several other screenings around the borough, ranging from a showing of classic This Sporting Life at Leigh Sports Village to a Disney film being beamed onto the wall of the swimming pool at the Pelican Centre in Tyldesley.

The event has also attracted the support of well-known locally-raised actor Christopher Eccleston, who recently agreed to be the festival’s patron.

Musician Lucy, 19, spoke of her delight at being asked to write for a prestigious local event and said she has not ruled out a career composing for the silver screen.

She said: “The prospect that people will be listening to this is really exciting and I’m proud to have achieved it.

“It was something new for me and I’ve learned a lot, I’ve never written something on this scale before.”