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Reicha Quartets. Flesh and Bone

January 5, 2014

Reicha Quartets. Flesh and Bone NB-Scroll down to the bottom of the page for listening aspects In many years spent performing and studying the chamber music of Anton Reicha, it has become clear to me, and my colleagues, that his music demands a very particular approach, and, however much this might seem to relate to […]

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 […]