Shostakovich-13th Quartet Op.138

January 30, 2017

Shostakovich-13th Quartet  Op.138[Audio clip: view full post to listen] Kreutzer Quartet Peter Sheppard Skaerved-MihailoTrandafilovski-Clifton Harrison-Neil Heyde Live at Michael Tippett Centre, Bath January 25th 2016 ‘In recent years. Shostakovich has not played as big a part in my life as he did when I was younger, when works such as the great late Violin Sonata […]

Faronells Division on a Ground or ‘Hail Great Caesar’ & ‘Theatre Song’

January 29, 2017

John Playford (1623–1686/7)-Faronells Division on a Ground or ‘Hail Great Caesar’ & ‘Theatre Song’ from ‘Apollo’s Banquet: containing Instructions, and Variety of New Tunes, Ayres, Jiggs, and several new Scotch Tunes for the Treble-Violin. To which is added the tunes of the newest French Dances, now used at Court and in Dancing Schools’ 1669 [Audio […]


January 14, 2017

This violin is where it all started. I was twelve, and it was my first lesson with Ralph Holmes. Nothing could have prepared me for his playing-for the next five years is was a constant source or inspiration. It has taken me  many years to understand what was being offered. Ralph’s musicianship was deeply wound […]

David Matthews-Paganini Fantasia

January 10, 2017

David Matthews-Paganini Fantasia Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin (G Amati 1629) [Audio clip: view full post to listen]   David Matthews-Solo Violin Works A performer’s reflections-15 1 17 I am always searching for more music to play, in libraries, secreted in codices, online, and in second hand book shops. I am usually looking for works from the […]

Preludes & Vollenteries: a City Project

January 7, 2017

Preludes & Vollenteries: What is it!? After three months of walking, practising, researching and many inspiring conversations, I can now be clear. Starting in Autumn of this year, a series of salon events in 22 of the extraordinary City churches, between Aldgate and the Fleet Street. This project responds to the artistry and history of […]

Plaints (Jul 2016)

December 24, 2016

No 6. 2 1 17 Anonymous/(Lonati?)’Preludio’ [Audio clip: view full post to listen] No 5. 1 1 17 Eyck, Jacob van Eyck, ‘Preludium of Voorspel’ (1644). At the table… [Audio clip: view full post to listen] No 4. 29 12 16 Jacques Hotteterre – ‘les Ecos’ (Pièces pour la flûte traversiere, livre I, Op.2 publ. […]

Recording day 19 12 16: Paul Pellay & Michael Alec Rose, with Linda Merrick, Clifton Harrison, Neil Heyde, Mihailo Trandafiloski

December 19, 2016

I am lucky in my artistic work. I collaborate with wonderful friends, players and composers, at one of the richest times in music’s history. Today (19th December 2016) was wonderful because I was able to work with Linday Merrick, Paul Pellay, Jonathan Haskell, Clifton Harrison, Neil Heyde and Mihailo Trandafilovski in the wonderful little medieval […]

A Sunday Morning with Nicola Matteis

December 11, 2016

Nicola Matteis was the virtuso violinist of the age. John Evelyn wrote: ‘ I heard that stupendious violin Signor Nicholao (with other rare Musitians) who certainly never nortal man Exceeded on that instrument; he had a stroak so sweet, & made it speake like the voice of a man; & and when he pleased, like […]

Elliott Schwartz- 3rd Quartet ‘For Deedee’ WORLD PREMIERE

December 8, 2016

Elliott Schwartz- 3rd Quartet ‘For Deedee’ WORLD PREMIERE 3rd November 2016 Robinson College Cambridge Kreutzer Quartet Peter Sheppard Skaerved. Mihailo Trandafilovski, Clifton Harrison, Neil Heyde [Audio clip: view full post to listen]

Winter begins. People, places

December 2, 2016