Alan Rawsthorne-Theme and Variations

February 18, 2014

Alan Rawsthorne-Theme and Variations 1936 Peter Sheppard Skaerved and Christine Sohn-Violins a first year student at the Royal Academy of Music, the wonderful Manoug Parikian handed me a copy of this piece, Alan Rawshorne’s ‘Theme and Variations’ for two violins. ‘This is possibly the best piece ever written for two violins’, he said, handing it […]

Hans Werner Henze – Solo Sonata ‘Tirsi-Mopso-Aristeo’1978

February 16, 2014

Hans Werner Henze – Solo Sonata ‘Tirsi-Mopso-Aristeo’1978/Revised 1994 Henze’s solo sonata was directly inspired by a folk version of the Commedia dell’Arte particular to Montepulciano, where I worked with him whilst I was a student. It’sperhaps one of the most interesting dramatic challenges for solo violinist, demanding that the player present, quite literally, three complete […]


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 (Salon evening) Re Veil Le Link    

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

February 5, 2014

Link to Film: KEEP GOING FILM  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 […]

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 […]