Walking and talking with Nigel Clarke in Clerkenwell and the City today, ending up with coffee under the fan-vaulting of Wren’s only gothic church. It was a day of past and present, beginning, five minutes from St Pancras International, at the eponymous church on the hill tucked in behind. A 6th Century stone, the graves […]
Jeremy Dale Roberts-Croquis (1979) String Trio Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin. Morgan Goff-Viola, Neil Heyde-Cello -this string trio, by one of the great living composers, has been a key work for me ever since I was introduced to it a decade ago. Written in 1979-80, it lay unaccountably neglected, for decades after it’s premiere. It took a […]
Jeremy Dale Roberts-Tristia 1.Appasionata-with elan/2.Semplice;feroce/3.Frozen/4.Presto;still/5.Acuto/Andante lugubre-barcarolla Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin/Aaron Shorr-Piano (recorded 2009) Jeremy Dale Roberts notes that this passionate cycle of pieces, which we premiered at Wiltons Music Hall in 2008, takes as its starting point two fragments from the Tristia (1917-20) of Osip Mandelstam@ ‘We shall die in transparent Petropolis, Were Prosperina rules over us…’ ‘And […]
Practice: 5th July 2014Totally unable to tear myself away from Michelangelo’s ‘Entombment’ at the NG today. I arrived at 11 and realised when I left that I had sat there for four hours. Much of it wondering what music might reach such heights/depths. I am not going to offer any answer but three readings of […]
Working with Jeremy Dale Roberts on his Capriccio (1965) in the recording studio I find the that recording studio is one of the most creative places to explore the music that I love in depth, and not under pressure. This week’s work with Jeremy Dale Roberts, one of great voices, is a good place to explore that process. […]
On Collaboration-Strad Magazine July 2014-click to enlarge!
In the next few days, this page will launch as a gather point for my performances, research and recording of Ole Bull in Europe and the USA.
Sadie Harrison-Scheherazade 2013(from Gallery-Room 2) Outtake of Recording on 18th June St John the Baptist, Aldbury (Outtake) This is a portrait of my wife, writer, Malene Skaerved. She and Sadie are working together on a large-scale theatrical work, and their conversations range wide across the extraordinary range of their interests-nature, magic, relationships, the Gods, travel, […]
Sadie Harrison-Nur Pünktlich Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin Amati 1629 (Recorded 18th June 2014)Engineer Jonathan Haskell (Astounding Sounds) (Unedited Outtake) This movement from Sadie Harrison’s ‘Gallery’, is like the rest of the series, based on one of my drawings. However, the day after recording it, I found myself transfixed by Graham Sutherland’s painting of damage in the […]
Sadie Harrison-Lachrymae (Tennessee) after Cotton Eye Joe(Dorothy and Elliott’s Piece) Shaftesbury 29th March 2014UNEDITED outtake. Recorded 18th June 2014 St John the Baptist Aldbury (in the presence of the composer) Engineer-Jonathan Haskell-Astounding Sounds. This piece comes from ‘Room 2′ of Sadie Harrison’s ‘Gallery’. I premiered Book 1 at Wilton’s Music Hall in 2013. ‘Lacrhymae’ is […]