Southwark Cathedral has only been a cathedral since 1905, and was formerly simply the Parish Church of St Saviour and St Mary Overie (‘over the water’). The site itself has been a place of Christian worship for over 1,000 years, and from 1106 until 1538 was part of an Augustinian priory. The present building retains the basic form of the Gothic structures that were built between 1220 and 1420, although the nave was rebuilt (twice) in 19th century after the church had fallen into disrepair.
A railway viaduct connecting London Bridge to stations north of the river passes just 18 metres from the southeast corner of the cathedral, blocking the view from the south side. This was a compromise when the railway was extended in 1852; the alternative being to demolish the building completely to enable a more direct passage for the line. The church was again threatened during heavy bombardment of the area during World War II and shrapnel damage is still visible on the exterior walls of the building.
Lossy x Salmon Youth Centre
Lossy, aka Sam Sharp, is a composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist based in Hackney. Having grown up playing saxophone, he studied classical music at Leeds, then gained a Masters degree in jazz from the Guildhall School, London, in the mid-2000s. Since this time, he has immersed himself in electronic music, building up a formidable arsenal of instruments and equipment. Lossy has released on the labels Tru Thoughts,
Tessier Ashpool, Two Rivers, and his own Boot Cycle Audio. He has also been
a session and touring musician with, among others, Hollie McNish, Oscilliard, Augustines, Phil Selway (Radiohead), Beverley Knight, Visage and Ben Taylor, as well as collaborating and remixing with Roska, Nu:Tone, Laura Mvula and Stephen Crowe.
For this track Lossy has worked with talented young people from Bermondsey’s Salmon Youth Centre.