Louis Vale – Paths

July 13, 2016

Poet Louise Vale reading her own ‘Paths’ (2016) Wapping 13 7 2016 [Audio clip: view full post to listen] I was introduced to Louise Vale by my wife, the writer Malene Skaerved, some years ago. I was instantly struck by the delicacy and sensitivity of her ear and eye. She has written me some wonderful […]

July 2016

July 2, 2016

Recording David Matthews’ 8th Quartet

July 1, 2016

Recording David Matthews’ 8th Quartet 30th June 2016 Kreutzer Quartet Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Mihailo Trandafilovski-Clifton Harrison-Neil Heyde Musical Supervision-David Matthews Engineer-Jonathan Haskell (Astounding Sounds) St John the Baptist, Aldbury, HERTS UK UNEDITED OUTTAKES Leggiero Con Moto [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Scherzo [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Adagio Sostenuto (Berthold Goldschmidt in […]

Michael Alec Rose-‘Diaphany'(2016)

June 23, 2016

Michael Alec Rose-‘Diaphany'(2016) Second performance. Moretonhampstead Church, 18th June 2016 (LOFI!!!!) [Audio clip: view full post to listen] This piece was written for the celebration of Alexander the Great, which the British Museum commissioned me to organise and perform in the museum on the 17th June. This concert took place in in Room 22 of […]

Nicosia-June 2016

June 14, 2016

Biagio Marini-Capriccio per il violino a tre corde, imitazione d’una lira [da braccia] (Circa 1600) [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Peter Sheppard Skaerved-‘, a sharpened whetsone’ (Homage are Pindar & JJ Rousseu) recorded in the Hamman of the old Manor House, 13 6 16 [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Iannis Xenakis-Mikka […]

Close-up (Girolamo Amati 1629)

June 12, 2016

Getting prepared for a week of three recitals and a recording, the greatest pleasure is the time just spent with the instrument. Checking it over, dusting, ever astonished at the artistry of the second generation of Amati artistry. Is it suprising, that the violin inspired composers to write music of such wonder? London 12 6 […]

Answering some questions: Letter to a Journalist

June 9, 2016

Letter to a journalist. Midnight, June 3rd 2016 I have been thinking about how to respond to your questions all evening, and realised that there’s a big set of questions about notation and performance lurking behind them. The marking-up of parts is a fraught (and I use the word carefully) issue for performers, and most […]

Henze-Sonatas for Viola/Violin & Piano

June 7, 2016

Very proud of this: as of yesterday, I have recorded all four Henze concerti and the three sonatas. I confess, happily, to a lifetime of wonder at Henze’s music, and his contribution to the voice of the violin was immense. The two violin sonatas and the Viola Sonata are incredible, and do listen to 19 […]

Granite, Water, Grass. June 2016

June 6, 2016

Tartini in Bergen

May 31, 2016

Bergen, Festpillene Residency Day Three 2 June 2016 Without doubt, one of the most intense days of music making I have ever experienced. Now I have a real sense of the sound, the air space, the smell, the textures of this extraordinary building as a musical home. My performances of the Tartini have evolved, become much […]