Medieval choral composition by DJ Goldie to be performed at Glasgow Cathedral

By Christian Engel | 22 July 2014

An electronic composition by the DJ Goldie, based around original medieval choral music, is to be be performed inside Glasgow Cathedral

Goldie's going to Glasgow© Chelone Wolf
Classical musicians from across Scotland will aim to blur the borders between classical and electronic music when they present a work by Goldie, Fragments of Gold, at the 12th century Glasgow Cathedral.

The performance will be accompanied by a talk from the drum and bass maverick and Strictly Come Dancing star, including a Question-and-answer session with his audience.

Goldie’s composition was inspired by the Hawick Missal Fragment - a book containing the texts and chants for a mass which was discovered in Scottish town Hawick in 2009.

The ten minutes of medieval choral music were interpreted by Dr Matthew Cheung Salisbury, a Lecturer in Music at University College Oxford.

Goldie's electronic composition was based on the interpretation, which was then arranged for an acoustic live performance by Salisbury.

“We are producing an acoustic live performance of a piece which Goldie has composed entirely electronically," says Salisbury.
 
“We are building bridges between contemporary electronic music and the concert hall through the medium of medieval chant."

The composition is part of two-year project on the Fragment, which has inspired a series of new compositions inspired by or incorporating original segments of medieval music.

The project aims to explore the expression of the divine in the 21st century and offer insights into medieval life and its relationship to modern music.

  • Performance takes place on August 2014 at 7pm. Tickets £10-£15, book online.

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