Origin: Shifting sounds
Explore the power of music to shock and change through pieces that have shifted contemporaries towards yet undiscovered soundworlds.
At a first glance, it may seem that music by Jean-Féry Rebel, Beethoven and Donghoon Shin – composers in different periods, with different styles – do not belong in a programme together. But if you dive deeper, you soon find that each composer is forward-looking; they have shocked and pushed the boundaries of composition amongst their contemporaries.
Our second ‘Origin’ concert features the UK premiere of My Shadow by emerging South Korean composer Donghoon Shin, co-commissioned by CLS and the Heidelberger Frühling. Consisting of ten contrapuntal miniatures, My Shadow is a contemplation on the dark side of the human soul, where the distinctive timbral discrepancy of the piano takes on the character of the mysterious shadow-like figure in the eponymous poem by Robert Louis Stevenson.
The full orchestra comes together to perform Beethoven’s First Symphony, regarded as a masterwork that is thought to have signalled the beginning of a new musical age, as well as Jean-Féry Rebel’s Les élémens suite, which opens with what is thought to be the first notated tone cluster in the history of Western classical music.
REBEL Les élémens
DONGHOON SHIN My Shadow
BEETHOVEN Symphony No.1
City of London Sinfonia
Alexandra Wood Director/Violin
On sale dates
CLS Friends priority booking: Thursday 22 July, 11am
Public sale: Wednesday 28 July, 11am
Prices and discounts
Standard: £25, £20
CLS 5IVER (students, 16-25s): £5
Child (U16s): £1
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Choose how you experience the music
Guaranteed seating: Experience the music in guaranteed seats in the Cathedral’s Nave, in front of the main performance space, while still having the freedom to move about if you wish.
Roaming: Pull up one of our comfy cushions, sit on the ledges, and create your own musical journey by wandering and exploring the acoustics around the Cathedral.
Your safety is important
We continue to monitor and adapt to government guidelines alongside Southwark Cathedral and remain committed to doing everything we can to make our audience members feel safe while having enjoyable times at our concerts.
In these current times, with restrictions lifted, we will continue to encourage face coverings during performances for the safety of staff, musicians, and audience members. Under the current government guidelines, you will be encouraged to register with NHS Test and Trace upon arrival or by providing your contact details to a member of our team. Hand sanitiser stations will be available across the site.
‘Origin’ is supported by the John Ellerman Foundation.
CLS images by Tom Bowles Photography, 2020-21.