Staffa, a composition by Ned Bigham (Balliol 1985), was performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Martyn Brabbins, at the 70th Anniversary Celebration Concert of the Edinburgh International Festival on 27 August 2017. The concert was broadcast afterwards by Radio 3 and Staffa may be heard here (or here).
Staffa, for orchestra (including celeste and two harps) and three large screens, was created in collaboration with BAFTA award-winning visual artist Gerry Fox. The composition was inspired by Mendelssohn’s 1829 visit to Fingal’s Cave on the Inner Hebridean island of Staffa, and the visuals explore the unique hexagonal, basalt column formations of the interior of the cave and its surroundings. Supported by Creative Scotland, Staffa also ran as a three-screen installation, with quadraphonic recording by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, at the National Library of Scotland from 17-27 August. It is the title piece for Ned Bigham’s forthcoming collection of new orchestral works, to be released on 8 September.