David Matthews-‘Not Farewell’ (Process)

October 18, 2015

David Matthews-‘Not Farewell’ (Process) 18 10 15 (at the practice desk) I am preparing to record the second volume of David Matthews’s extensive output for solo violin, this week. The first was released a year ago. http://www.toccataclassics.com/cms/album/matthews-solo-violin-music-1.html Link to buy volume 1 I thought that it might be valuable to document a small glimpse of […]

A few days: watching, listening. October 2015

October 17, 2015


Kenneth Hesketh

October 16, 2015

Kenneth Hesketh (16th October 2015). A wonderful afternoon of coffee and conversation with my dear friend and collaborator Kenneth Hesketh. I premiered a wonderful piece of his for violin and wind a number of years ago, and am planning on bringing the new version of that piece into the centre of my ‘Mozart Project’. Ken […]

Wapping-Nocturnes & Morning Song

October 9, 2015

Wapping-Nocturnes & Morning Song 8/9 10 15

A Nikosia Notebook. Ligeti, Brahms, Nono, Pencil, Paper, Violin

October 3, 2015

Olivier Messiaen – Fantaisie 1933  Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin, Roderick Chadwick Shoe Factory, Nikosia 6th October 2015 [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Concert Day Tuesday 6th  …should be as relaxed as possible, and the rehearsal this morning certainly was. Carly found a perfect eyrie to launch Messiaen’s ‘Appel Interstellaire’. After my colleagues had left, […]

Birdsong Bagatelles-Edward Cowie

September 24, 2015

Birdsong Bagatelles (Quartet No.5)-Edward Cowie Kreutzer Quartet (Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Morgan Goff, Neil Heyde) Unedited Session Outtakes 23 9 15 St John the Baptist Aldbury Engineer Jonathan Haskell Grey Heron [Audio clip: view full post to listen] ….brancher, crane, diddleton, frank, ern, frog-eater, harn, harnser, harnsey, hegrie, yern, yarn, varn, tammie herl, skiphegrie, […]

David Matthews-Aria

September 21, 2015

David Matthews-Aria (1986) [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Peter Sheppard Skaerved Aaron Shorr Piano Live performance Canterbury UK 1999 Lofi-rip from C90 Tape ‘Aria was written in 1986 for Lorraine McAslan. The title refers to the shape of the piece and to the fact that the violin sings throughout. The aria proper is […]

The Bartok Collection

September 21, 2015

I am, like most of my colleagues and friends, entranced by the music of Bela Bartok. This post brings together some of my favourite pieces, with performances stretching back to 1992! Bartok-Divertimento for String Orchestra [Audio clip: view full post to listen] [Audio clip: view full post to listen] [Audio clip: view full post to […]

John Woolrich-Three Nocturnals from Songbook Two (1987)

September 21, 2015

John Woolrich-Three Nocturnals from Songbook Two (1987) Parnassus Ensemble (Director-Violin : Peter Sheppard Skaerved. Guildhall School of Music 1992 Lofi Digital transfer from C90 Tape [Audio clip: view full post to listen]

Montana Taylor’s Blues-David Matthews

September 20, 2015

Montana Taylor’s Blues-David Matthews Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin (Stradivari 1734) Aaron Shorr-Piano [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Live performance 1999 Canterbury (lofi digital transfer from tape) The first work which David Matthews wrote for me was a reworking of his movement for oboe, ‘Montana Taylor’s Blues’. I premiered it on the South Bank in […]