Prelude 6:52am was written after a two-year break from composition following the birth of my son, Edward. Therefore, it seemed natural to write a piece which was linked in some way to that event. The piece which emerged however, turned out to be no traditional lullaby but something quite different. The piece, which is only 5 minutes long, is built using one constantly developing idea and is often dramatic and intense but with brief moments of repose. The focal point of the piece is the final section where the music eventually comes to rest, although the aim was to create an open-ended structure – hence the title ‘prelude’. And yes, Edward was born at 6:52am!