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Jedburgh to feature first performance of new music inspired by Hawick Missal Fragment

26 June 2013

A concert featuring new music inspired by the recent discovery of the Hawick Missal Fragment, will be taking place in Jedburgh on Saturday 20th July 2013.

This is the first of a trilogy of unique and highly distinctive events, featuring new music by Sean Doherty, an exciting young composer, alongside imagery, light, colour and sweeping soundscapes

Alison Stalker, Assistant Events Manager at Historic Scotland said: “’This is going to be a really inspirational evening.

“The new music,  ‘Et Clamabant’ composed by award-winning composer Sean Doherty, will transform these stunning, historic spaces in Jedburgh, evoking distant lives and times.”

Dr Matthew Cheung Salisbury, director of music for the Fragments project, said: ‘We are very excited about the first of our new commissions, inspired by the music of the fragment.

‘Just as our explorations of the historic abbeys will shed new light on their role in our world, Sean’s composition will be a new voice in our conversation about the ancient, the sacred, and the present day.’

Kenneth Fowler, Director of Communications at Creative Scotland, said: “Creative Scotland are delighted to support this community wide celebration of music and art inspired by the Hawick Missal.  We encourage as many people as possible to head along and enjoy the work of award-winning composer Sean Doherty set in the inspiring environment of the Jedburgh Abbey.”

The event will begin in Jedburgh Old and Trinity Church with a seated concert including projected light and sound installations, live performance of the original missal music as well as the first public performance of the new piece by Sean Doherty.  

This concert will last approximately 40 minutes, after which the audience will be invited to explore Jedburgh Abbey in which there will be two installation art pieces created in response to the Fragment.  

Further information:

Date –  Saturday 20 July 2013

Time –  7: 00 pm (Doors open 6.30pm at Jedburgh Old and Trinity Church)

Tickets are on sale from:  

Adult £12, Concession £10, Child £8

Historic Scotland members receive a 10% discount

For more information on the event and how to purchase tickets, please visit

External Contacts:

Tim Fitzpatrick – artistic director
Red Field Arts
07722 244 576

Dr Matthew Cheung Salisbury – musical director
University College, Oxford, OX1 4BH
Tel +44 (0)1865 (2)76629

Notes for editors

  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.

  • Creative Scotland is the national development agency for the arts, screen and creative industries.

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For further information

Jennifer Johnston-Watt
Media & PR Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8070 or 07827 956 866