Amulet was commissioned by St. David's Hall, Cardiff and premiered by Sean Shibe at Nightmusic.
An amulet is a small object bestowed with magical charms that protect its owner from harm. Writing this piece, I imagined feeling an object in my hand, a little like how you'd hold a smooth pebble in your palm, and gradually turning it and seeing how the light hit it from different angles. The guitar seems to me a very tactile instrument, so I was thinking about how it might feel on your fingertips. I don't have a specific object in mind, so you can think of it as any small and slightly mysterious object.
- Freya Waley-Cohen