In an exclusive report Sunday, the Sunday Mail reported that a father and son codebreaking team have dscovered — and deciphered — music hidden in the carvings of Scotland's Rosslyn Chapel for almost 600 years.
For 27 years, music teacher Thomas Mitchell, 75, worked on deciphering symbols found in the chapel. Joined by his son Stuart in recent years, the pair have finally deciphered the music tucked away on the walls for so long.
Next month, father and son will reveal the secret songs in a concert at Midlothian chapel. Stuart calls the collection of songs The Rosslyn Motet.
"For the choral sections, we've used the words from the hymns to St. John the Baptist taken from Matthew in the Old Testament which is fitting because the chapel itself is dedicated to St. Matthew."
St. John the Baptist is, of course, one of the two patron saints of Freemasonry.
Read the entire fascinating story here. Find out how the two men broke this real life code which was carved into the shapes of angels and cubes on the walls of the chapel.
Read more about how the two men deciphered the music, told in their own words, and listen to an excerpt of the music. You can also buy the album they have produced, or order tickets to the May 18th concert.
Or just go straight to the mp3 recording here.
"We think we've cracked one particularly fascinating code, although we're convinced Rosslyn holds many, many more," Stuart said.
Four singers will join eight musicians playing medieval instruments to perform the Rosslyn Motet at Rosslyn on May 18.
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