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In film and music
17 - 27 August 2017
National Library of Scotland

Staffa is a work for full orchestra and large screens depicting three simultaneous visions of the uninhabited Hebridean island of Staffa created by BAFTA and Grierson award-winning filmmaker Gerry Fox and acclaimed composer Ned Bigham.

The piece pays homage to Mendelssohn's famous 1829 visit to the haunting Fingal's Cave on Staffa. Through sunny, rainy and stormy atmospheres the filmmaker and composer have tried to reflect, not a travelogue but rather a spiritual voyage around the cave and its distinctive, beautiful landscape.

The work will be presented as a three screen installation, with music recorded by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, at the National Library of Scotland. There is a live performance at the Usher Hall on 27 August with music performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

With thanks to the National Trust for Scotland for giving permission for filming on Staffa.

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National Library of Scotland

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Gerry Fox Filmmaker
Ned Bigham Composer

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Gerry Fox

Ned Bigham

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