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

The Ole Bull Bow. A Ceremony in Bergen 28 11 16

November 29, 2016

Link to the NRK News Story on this:  Listen at 10’11” https://tv.nrk.no/serie/distriktsnyheter-vestlandsrevyen    

Ole Bull and the American Imagination (in preparation)

November 28, 2016

Ole Bull and the American Imagination November 28th 2016 Ole Bull’s reception in America was extraordinary. No instrumentalist before him seized the imagination of such a cross-section of the public of this country in flux. The most cursory of glances at the writing in a broad church of the press, from the popular to the […]