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by Gerry Lynch last modified 16 Jul, 2013 01:34 PM

Jay Z launches new, Magna Carta-themed, album artwork at Cathedral.

Salisbury Cathedral is usually associated with world class choral music, with the cloisters resounding to the chants of Mattins and Evensong as they have done for almost a thousand years. Recently, however, a prince of hip-hop used the Cathderal as the backdrop for the launch of new artwork.

Multi-award winning New York rapper Jay Z used the Chapter House, home to one of four surviving original copies of Magna Carta 1215, as the location for the global launch of the artwork for his latest album Magna Carta… Holy Grail.

The album is inspired by the ideals of Magna Carta with its famous words “To no one will We Sell, to no one will We deny or delay, right or justice”, and Jay Z’s personal conviction that these remain relevant today. Jay Z feels that while we have new technologies and new ways of communicating with each other, we have no boundaries protecting our rights in this new world.

The Dean of Salisbury, the Very Revd June Osborne, said “We are delighted that Jay Z has chosen Salisbury Cathedral, home to the finest of the four surviving original 1215 Magna Carta, as the location for the global premiere of his artwork for Magna Carta... Holy Grail. We know how important Magna Carta, and all it represents, is to people across the globe. The ideals it embodies are still relevant today. Jay Z, through his album, is creating a huge awareness of this historic document and its modern significance to a huge audience in the run up to its 800th anniversary in 2015. We hope to welcome many of his fans here this summer to see the artwork in the Chapter House alongside our Magna Carta.”


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