A tune specially written by one of Orkney’s best-known fiddle players for a Science Festival anniversary has won a national music award.
It was written last year by Jennifer Wrigley to celebrate 25 years of friendship and collaboration between Orkney International Science Festival and the Slovenian Science Foundation. The link was the initiative of the Foundation’s president, Dr Edvard Kobal, whose regular visits to the Festival have involved presentations on Slovenian topics from geology and history to writers and wine. The collaboration has opened up various science and cultural links between Orkney and Slovenia, and visits to Slovenia by numerous Orcadians to give presentations on aspects of Orkney life.
In appreciation of Dr Kobal’s love of Orkney, the Festival wanted to give him something unique, and its director, Howie Firth, contacted Jennifer, who has helped the Festival in various ways through the years; and thus An Orkney Tribute to Dr Edvard Kobal was born. The tune was first performed by Jennifer to a surprised and delighted Dr Kobal during an online presentation in the 2021 Festival.
The award for the tune is in the Own Composition section of a festival run by the creators of Box and Fiddle magazine, the National Association of Accordion and Fiddle Clubs. The 2022 Virtual DiMINIshed Festival generated a wide range of interest, as Jennifer explains.