Composer to performer in the lockdown. 2 – David Hackbridge Johnson – Six Preludes for Charles II

Posted on April 11th, 2020 by

In the Covid 19 Lockdown, collaboration between composers and performers is if anything, more intense. Over the next days and weeks, I will present a series of interchanges with my treasured collaborators as we work on new pieces together, swap ideas, and see how things evolve. Let’s open the workshop door!

The second composer in this series of virtual workshops is David Hackbridge Johnson. This is very exciting, as this is my first collaboration with David, who I met only 18 months ago. These pieces were inspired by an anonymous violin from 1664, which was played in Charles II’s ‘Private Music’. I should have premiered the piece in my 28th ‘Preludes & Vollenteries’ concert, but the pandemic put paid to that. So today, I have recorded three movements of the 6 Preludes and am posting them here, and the dialogue can begin!