Gail Priest

Cracking the COVID conundrum

Dynamic new music projects emerge from lockdown

A month or two into the pandemic it dawned on me. Here I was, a composer, stuck at home with only a laptop and a piano for company. Literally nothing in my routine had changed.

For many composers, COVID represents an existential conundrum. We already train in solitude, write in solitude,edit and often record in solitude. We spend as much time with scores and audio files as with live musicians. This made lockdown feel like, well, life as usual.

Except, of course, for the obvious. If music is an innately social event then plague is...