Various-updates

20 March, 2024

The Ossianic Ballads were well received at their performance at the National Library of Scotland, featured on BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio Nan Gael and BBC Alba TV. Miranda Heggie wrote in the Arts Desk 'Bigham's arrangements are sensitive to the original Gaelic melodies, with fragments of the tune intricately developed and woven throughout each instrument's line. This is an interesting and important project; it's vital this Gaelic tradition is kept alive, and juxtaposing these ancient melodies and folk-singing style with contemporary string quartet arrangements is an innovative yet sympathetic way of doing this.' They have since been recorded at Castle Sound studios, Pencaitland, and will be released soon and available also on the National Library's website.

Anti Atlas has released its second ep Codachrome, featuring French-Malagasy singer Fred Lessore. Radio play on BBC Radio networks, Mi-Soul and stations worldwide from Canada to Korea.

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Ivor Novello Award nomination

02 November, 2023

'Together and Apart', commissioned by West Sussex Music for the 60th anniversary of the West Sussex Youth Orchestra with Youth Choir and Young Voices, has been nominated for an Ivors Classical award.

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'Ossianic Ballads', new commission for National Library of Scotland

12 August, 2023

On 23rd September there's a performance of a new work I have been commissioned to write at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh. The 'Ossianic Ballads' are rhapsodies based on the heroic lays or laoidhean that came over from Ireland to the Highlands and Islands from the twelfth century onwards. The concert features the renowned Gaelic singer Màiri Macmillan and the Edinburgh Quartet, 'Scotland's string quartet'. For more info please paste this into your browser https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/heroic-gaelic-tales-in-modern-music-ossianic-ballads-tickets-694840846677?aff=NedBigham

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Petworth Festival performances and new Anti Atlas single

11 July, 2023

This Saturday there are two performances of the Petworth Festival commission 'Bignor Hill'. It is being performed by the Asaka Quartet in Tillington church at Midday and Graffham church at 5pm, more details from the festival website.

The new Anti Atlas single 'My Way' has just been released. It's in the Apple Music alternative charts and is being played on Mountain Chill in Colorado Teerex Radio in Canada, UMFM- college network in Canada, FM 99 in Italy, Taiwan Lounge, IFE Brussels Airlines and others.

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New commission for Petworth Festival

13 December, 2022

Ned has been commissioned to compose a new piece for the Asaka Quartet at the Petworth Festival next year. It is scheduled for performance in Tillington and Graffham churches on Saturday 15th July.

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