These were written in the summer and autumn of 2014, as a result of a delay with a new opera commission. The catalyst was a request from MELVYN TAN for a virtuoso addition to his ongoing ‘Variations for Judith’ project, which resulted in the ninth Prelude in Ab - 'Bist du bei mir....aber halte dich fest'. The other pieces followed swiftly. Though abstract, unusual in my work as a whole, the whole set shares thematic links, and material resurfaces and repeats throughout, resulting in a tight knit cycle of related pieces.
Prelude no 9 in Ab major was included on a British Council tour given by Melvyn Tan in April 2015, and other preludes have been premiered by Simon Lebens