Music dissolving borders, and the world premiere of BCMG Apprentice Composer-in-Residence Donghoon Shin's Sheng Concerto

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Thursday 21 March 2019
CBSO Centre, Birmingham

6.30pm Pre-concert talk with Rebecca Saunders and Donghoon Shin

7.30pm Concert

As the world grows closer together, our lives become ever more entwined. Borders between different cultures blur, broadening our understanding of the world - and the society we live in. Incorporating a musical instrument from a different musical tradition is just one way composers have reacted to our increasingly borderfree world - and so we invite Wu Wei, one of the world’s best players of the Chinese instrument, the Sheng, to join us. He will perform the world premiere of a specially-commissioned Sheng Concerto by Korean-born BCMG Apprentice Composer in Residence, Donghoon Shin.

The concert opens with Rebecca Saunders’s CRIMSON-Molly's Song, inspired by Molly Bloom’s monologue from James Joyce’s Ulysses which triumphantly finished the work without stop or pause, and has become a cultural hallmark mirroring modern life: dissolving the borders between thought and reality in a stream of consciousness. Rebecca Saunders has spent her career in search of a true musical equivalent of experience, and we close the concert with her evocative 2009 work, Murmurs.

Read about the Sheng and Wu Wei on our blog >>

Wu Wei Sheng
Julien Leroy Conductor

Rebecca Saunders (b. 1967) CRIMSON - Molly’s Song 1 (1995), 24′
Donghoon Shin (b. 1983) Anecdote (2019)WP BCMG , 15′
Jia Guoping (b.1963) The Wind Sound in the Sky (2002), 11′
Rebecca Saunders murmurs (2009), 28′

BCMG BCMG Commission WP World Premiere

Donghoon Shin's residence with BCMG as Apprentice Composer in Residence is part of the Embedded programme from Sound and Music, the national charity for new music, in collaboration with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.

Translation: Isabelle Xia and Jenny Kwock


CBSO Centre is an accessible venue - you can find access information for CBSO Centre from the CBSO website by clicking here.

If you have any queries about access, please contact Seb Huckle at BCMG on 0121 616 2619 or [email protected].


Standard £15
Student: £5
Accompanied under-18s Free
Pension credit/Universal Credit: 10% discount on the door (subject to availability).

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