Quiet inspirations: an evening with Pepys & Matteis

December 26, 2013

26th December 2013. Inspired by wonderful days of candlelit conversation with friends, and a gift of Samuel Pepy’s Diary, I found myself playing Nicolao Matteis at the table this evening. Nicolao Matteis-Selected Preludes (Peter Sheppard Skaerved) Andrea Amati 1560 (bow by Antonino Arienti 2011)(workshop recording-at the desk!)

Schubert & the Violin

December 21, 2013

Over the next few weeks, I will be announcing details of ‘Schubert & the Violin’. This will be a long-term project of performances, recordings, research and writing looking at Schubert through his long term involvement with the violin.  In the past, I have done a lot of work (recording and performing) the early ‘concertante’ works […]

Mihailo Trandafilovski-Duos 1 & 2

December 19, 2013

The last rehearsal of the year, a joyous morning playing Mihailo Trandafilovski’s 2 ‘Duos’ with Roderick Chadwick (we are recording them in a month). We first played No2 4 years ago, but had no documentation, so, in advance of the recording, here is the LO-FI sneak peak from the rehearsal-and, a picture, taken at the […]

Mihailo Trandafilovski-Arc-en-Ciel (First look/listen)

December 11, 2013

Mihailo Trandafilovski has just completed a piece which he describes as the kernel of much of his recent large-scale chamber and choral works- ‘Arc-en-Ciel’. This 4 minute piece is filled with the vertiginous rhapsody that characterises much of his work. We are premiering it together at the Enlightenment Gallery of the British Museum-at 630pm on […]

David Gorton/John Dowland-a collaboration

December 11, 2013

Composer David Gorton is moving towards a large-scale work for strings, rooted in the Lachrymae  of John Dowland. To begin the process, he has arranged this work, and Byrd and Randall’s take on it for strings. I have then made a ‘next step’ throwing Dowland and Gorton into the same space, collapsing material from David’s Caprices and […]

Hunting the piece. With Nigel Clarke. Brussels December 2013

December 8, 2013

  Hunting the piece. With NIgel Clarke. Brussels 8 12 13.

-Erme Plain-Stalldown Barrow-Clitter-

December 5, 2013

Peter Sheppard Skaerved-’Ugborough Moor-Erme Plain-Stalldown Barrow-Clitter-Sharp Tor’ Workshop Recording 5 12 13 Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Hillfield-Cosdown-Hound Tor(s)-the great silence-River Taw-Ivy Tor   Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Stone Row/Stone Circle    

Nigel Clarke-Collaboration and inspiration

December 5, 2013

5th December 2013Nigel Clarke’s Cornet Concerto – Mysteries of the Horizon has won a prestigious 2013 British Composers Award. Feeling a little proud of my longest friend/collaborator, whom I first bullied for a piece ‘Parnassus’ in my second year at RAM. Here’s an overview of the resulting works-two string ensemble works, two violin concertos, and […]

A Day of David Matthews 4 12 13

December 4, 2013

Today, I found that David Matthews’ music is surrounding me. The quartet is rehearsing the 2nd and 3 Quartets to complete Volume 3 of our complete Matthews Quartets on Toccata Classics. In addition, he has just finished his transcription of all the Beethoven Op 119 ‘Bagatelles’ for the Kreutzers-and the score just arrived, together with a […]

Miroslav Spasov-Vesna Ayama

November 25, 2013

Miroslav Spasov-Vesna AyamaWorld Premiere Keele University Theatre 20/11/13 Kreutzer Quartet (Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Mihailo Trandafilovski, Morgan Goff, Neil Heyde)