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Goldie to unveil new Fragments composition

20 June 2014

New work by renowned DJ and electronic artist Goldie will be performed for the first time this summer in Fragments of Gold, a ground-breaking musical event at Glasgow Cathedral on 30 August 2014.

His composition takes its inspiration from the medieval Hawick Missal Fragment, a section of a missal – a book containing the texts and chants for a mass – which was discovered in Hawick in 2009.

The fragment contains around ten minutes of medieval choral music, around which Goldie has written his own composition, which will be premiered in the glorious surroundings of Glasgow Cathedral, performed by musicians from all over Scotland. The performance will be accompanied by a talk from Goldie and a Q&A session with members of the audience.

The fragment has been studied and interpreted by Dr Matthew Cheung Salisbury, Lecturer in Music at University College Oxford. Goldie composed his piece electronically and Dr Matthew Cheung Salisbury arranged and orchestrated the electronic file in preparation for the live acoustic performance.

Fragments of Gold is the culmination of a two-year project celebrating and exploring the Hawick Missal Fragment. The fragment has formed the basis for a series of new compositions, inspired by or incorporating the original segment of medieval music; Fragment: et Clamabant by Sean Doherty, Fragments for the Fragments by Michael Nyman and Music for Melrose Abbey by Grayston Ives.

To celebrate the fragment’s association with the Borders, the three pieces were performed in unique events at Jedburgh Abbey, Kelso Abbey and Melrose Abbey respectively. These activities have helped improve our understanding of how the spaces within medieval churches were used to celebrate mass.

The Fragments project also aims to explore the expression of the divine in the 21st century and is a partnership between Historic Scotland and the Heart of Hawick Heritage Hub supported by funding from Creative Scotland.

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs said: “Over the past two years, the Fragments project has explored the myriad themes behind the Hawick Missal Fragment as well as the insights it offers into medieval life and its relationship to modern music. I am delighted that for the culmination of the project, this medieval composition has been interpreted by Goldie, a ground-breaking artist who has brought a contemporary edge to a timeless piece of music. To witness this composition being performed for the first time against the spectacular backdrop of Glasgow Cathedral will be truly special.”

Goldie said: “It’s an absolute honour to be involved in such an exciting project with Historic Scotland at Glasgow Cathedral, a wonderful and iconic venue, and to hear my composition performed by fantastic musicians from all over Scotland.”

Dr Matthew Cheung Salisbury said: “One of the most exciting aspects of this collaboration is that we are producing an acoustic, live performance of a piece which Goldie has composed entirely electronically and which we have orchestrated for an ensemble, crossing borders between the recorded and the live. We are building bridges between contemporary electronic music and the concert hall through the medium of medieval chant!”

Fragments of Gold will take place at Glasgow Cathedral on Saturday 30 August 2014 at 7pm. Tickets cost £15 for adults, £13 for concessions and £10 for children. There is a 10 per cent discount on tickets for Historic Scotland members. For more information or to book tickets, visit

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