10 November 2010

Late composer’s legacy supports Drake Music Scotland’s work

One of Scotland’s leading musicologists and composers is supporting people with disabilities to play, compose and perform music after his death with ongoing proceeds from his performing rights royalties and book and music sales.


Dr David Johnson, who died in 2009, was a leading expert in the music of 18th century lowland Scotland.  His historical research and editions brought the work of Scottish composers including William McGibbon, James Oswald and Thomas Erskine, Earl of Kelly to a wider audience, and explored the linkages between the folk and classical traditions. David was also a prolific composer, with work covering a broad range from recorder pieces to opera.

“David’s son Martin contacted us with the very kind offer of supporting our work through ongoing income from his father’s music” said Drake Music Scotland Chief Executive Thursa Sanderson. “Martin had been keen to find an appropriate and inspiring cause to support, and we’re delighted this legacy will help young people with disabilities explore and play Scottish music”.

Details of David Johnson’s Musical Catalogue

Obituary in The Guardian

Obituary in The Scotsman