February 15, 2014


Naji Hakim-Solo Sonata

February 15, 2014

Naji Hakim-Solo Sonata Precipitato andante-quasi-recitativo allegro con spirito I met Naji Hakim when still an undergraduate student. I was playing a concert of Franck and Tournemire at an organ festival in Huddersfield, and he astounded me with the power and emotional impact of this playing and writing. However, we did not have the chance to […]

Dmitri Smirnov-2 Fugues Op 6

February 14, 2014

Dmitri Smirnov-2 Fugues Op 6 Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin (Hill 1900) In 1994, I accidentally ‘dug up’ a work by the Russian composer Dmitri Smirnov. I had been playing his wonderful homage to Bach and Handel ‘Partita’ (1985) for some time. When Goldsmiths College asked me to play Partita at an evening celebrating ‘Dima’s’ music, I […]

John McCabe ‘Maze Dances’

February 14, 2014

John McCabe ‘Maze Dances’ (1973) Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Stradivari 1734 (Habeneck)  

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February 10, 2014

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Keep Going-Dover Arts development’s second music, poetry and visual art Salon

February 5, 2014

 Reporting back- 3rd March 2014 Yesterday we were delighted to present a second salon for Dover Arts Development, in the Studio Spaces on Astley Avenue. Here are pictures, words and music from the evening. (In preparation) My mother doesn’t like orchids She loves yellow tulips – my grandmother did too My great-grandmother fancied forget-me-nots I […]

Goldsmiths College – A new residency

February 2, 2014

Goldsmiths College – A new residency The Department of Music is excited to announce the Kreutzer Quartet as the new Ensemble in Residence, and they will be performing their first concert this term on Thursday 6 February. Location: Council Chamber, Deptford Town Hall Building Cost: free Time: 6 February 2014, 19:30 – 21:00 Igor Stravinsky-Three […]

On violin playing, some thoughts (February 2014)

February 1, 2014

On violin playing, some thoughts (February 2014)‘   Beauty is truth, truth beauty,’-that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.’ (Keats, Ode on a Grecian Urn, (v.5) Over the next week, I feel driven to write a little about what I have learnt from composers about how music might be […]

David Matthews-2nd & 3rd Quartets

January 30, 2014

David Matthews-2nd Quartet Op 16(1974-1980) AllegroScherzoElegy David Matthews-3rd Quartet Op 18(1977-8) Allegro animato-Andante tranquillo/Prestissimo, spettrale/Andante come sopra, ma poco piu tranquillo/Prestissimo, molto intenso-Largo sostenuto   (outtakes of recording session 29 1 14) Kreutzer Quartet (Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Morgan Goff, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Neil Heyde) Engineer-Jonathan Haskell

Robin Holloway-Works for Violin

January 28, 2014

Robin Holloway-Works for Violin I have been fascinated by Robin Holloway’s ‘Sonata’ for solo violin, written from Ernst Kovacic, for years. Recently, I started talking with this wonderful composer about his works for string quartet, and he mentioned that he was sending me an unplayed solo ‘Sonatina’. This arrived this morning, and is radiantly beautiful. […]