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World Premiere of Medieval Music comes to Hawick

9 November 2012

The world premiere of what is believed to be the first performance in 450 years of the music of the recently discovered Hawick Missal Fragment, a section of a 12th century medieval manuscript, will be taking place at the Tower Mill in Hawick on Wednesday 21st November 2012.

This will be the first event in a two year music and arts project, unique to Hawick and the Borders, called Fragments. The project is a partnership between Historic Scotland and the Heritage Hub supported with funding from Creative Scotland as part of the Year of Creative Scotland.

Alison Stalker, Historic Scotland’s Assistant Events Manager said: “Come and join us for an evening of talks, music and images and discover more about this exciting new music and arts project, inspired by the Missal fragment and the great Border abbeys.

“You will have the opportunity to see the Missal fragment up close and hear the story of how this priceless manuscript was saved and is now interpreted by experts. There will also be the chance to enjoy a complimentary drink in the Heritage Hub afterwards”

This project was supported by creative Scotland year of Creative Scotland Culture & Tourism programme.  Culture & Tourism programme Over £1.7 million has been invested in forty-two innovative collaborations between the tourism and culture sectors to promote Scotland’s creativity on a global platform and raise the country’s profile as a tourist destination.

David Taylor, Portfolio Manager for Creative Scotland, said;

‘The Year of Creative Scotland is a chance for us to celebrate and promote Scotland’s cultural and creative strengths at home and on a world stage. We are pleased to support this project in partnership with Historic Scotland. Fragments will create a community wider celebration of the Hawick Missal through music and art, attracting both local and international visitors to the area, in this the Year of Creative Scotland 2012.’’

The evening event starts at 7:30 pm with tickets priced at £10 for adults and £8 for concessions. There is a 10% discount for members of Historic Scotland.  

Tickets can be purchased online at www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/fragments or direct from the Heritage Hub.  Spaces are limited so early booking is recommended.

For more information on the project, please visit www.fragmentsproject.co.uk

Notes for editors:

  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with ensuring that our historic environment provides a strong foundation for a successful future for Scotland. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.


  • The Year of Creative Scotland began on January 1, 2012 and will spotlight and celebrate Scotland’s cultural and creative strengths on a world stage. Through a dynamic and exciting year-long programme of activity celebrating our world-class events, festivals, culture and heritage, the year puts Scotland’s culture and creativity in the international spotlight with a focus on cultural tourism and developing the events industry and creative sector in Scotland. More information about the programme can be found at: www.visitscotland.com/creative

  • The Year of Creative Scotland is a Scottish Government initiative led in partnership by EventScotland, VisitScotland, Creative Scotland and VOCAL. More information and resources to help businesses engage with Year of Creative Scotland are available at www.visitscotland.org/yearofcreativescotland-toolkit

                                                         Year of Creative Scotland 2012

For further information


Jennifer Johnston-Watt
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8070 or 07827 956 866
jennifer.johnstonwatt@scotland.gsi.gov.uk