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Responding to Sven Havsteen-Mikkelsen

September 3, 2012

Responding to Sven Havsteen-Mikkelsen (in preparation) Like any regular visitor to Denmark, I had been aware of this artist’s work without actively seeking  it out. Now I have been asked to respond to his work, curating pieces from the last 150 years which find a dialogue with some aspects of what he achieved.  What I […]

Ole Bull and a steamboat disaster

September 3, 2012

On December 4th 1868, a terrible riverboat accident took place on the Ohio River, resulting in the deaths of 162 passengers from the two paddle steamers, the ‘United States’ (pride of the US Mail service) and the ‘United States’. Ole Bull was involved in the accident-like any traveller in the 19th Century, he took accidents […]

War and Peace

July 25, 2012

Dover Arts Development ‘War and Peace’ Workshops 12th November 2012 Workshop led by Peter Sheppard Skaerved and Malene Sheppard Skaerved On 12 November 2012 Peter Sheppard Skaerved and Malene Sheppard Skaerved led two workshops: the first at Dover College and the second at Church of England Primary School. These were very different environments, but each […]

Talking about Biber, Storytelling and Andersen

July 6, 2012

Talking about Biber, Storytelling and Andersen  With Malene Skaerved at Wilton’s Music Hall, 6th July 2012, working on SoundBox for 9th July LINK for Event   Biber-Sonata 16 (Guardian Angel, guide of Mankind) Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Stradivari 1698 (modern set up) the same, live in Nashville, September 2011, with Airenti ‘Biber’ bow Series of test recordings-various […]

Working with Paganini’s ‘Secret Red Book’ (in preparation)

June 27, 2012

Working with Paganini’s ‘Secret Red Book’-Library of Congress, Washington DC NEWS-the Library of Congress film of my work with the ‘Red Book’ will go ‘live’ next week! Soundbox-The Red Book at the Royal Academy of Music Tuesday 25th September. Museum of the Royal Academy of Music 1230 (Admission Free) This is the first research event […]

Dickens and Joachim, a ‘Freak’ on the Violin

June 14, 2012

   Dickens and Joachim, a ‘Freak’ on the Violin (Text of talk given on 14th June 2012) ‘Music has become a pleasure, which, like the Plague of Egypt, pervades our kings’ chambers and our working men’s houses-a freak on or about the violin family… and the music prepared for the same, may not be altogether […]

Meeting two Andrea Guarneri violas….

June 8, 2012

On the 8th June, a wonderful morning in the company of two great violas by Andrea Guarneri. The brief visit of the ‘ex- Primose’ 1697  Andrea Guarneri viola to the workshop at the RAM, meant that it could meet up with its brother from the workbench, the Academy’s own Andrea Guarneri.   Having grown up […]

Elliott Schwartz-Water Music

June 7, 2012

Elliott Schwartz – ‘Water Music (Posted 20th September 2012) The Kreutzers (Peter Sheppard Skærved, Neil Heyde, Mihailo Trandafilovski & Morgan Goff) with friends: Rachel Meerloo, Val Wellbanks, Diana Mathews, Aisha Orazbayeva, Midori Komachi, , Alice Barron, Steven Crichlow, Annabelle Berthomé Reynolds/ Engineer-Jonathan Haskell (Astounding Sounds) The secret of collaging….Elliott Schwartz at Work Elliott once told me […]

The young Mendelssohn at work (changing his mind)

June 2, 2012

Mendelssohn at work… There are two manuscripts for the Mendelssohn D minor Violin Concerto, which I am playing at Wilton’s Music Hall on the 6th June. The 13 year old composer seems to have been in several minds about the siting and scale of cadenzas. Here are some notes from the practice-bench ( I don’t […]

Music for the Sculpture Courts-reporting back

May 24, 2012

Pictures and Recordings from the concert and rehearsal 14th September 2012   Live Recordings from the concert (Courtesy V & A) Biber-Mystery Sonata XVI (Guardian Angel, Companion of Mankind)-plus a little Ruskin Nigel Clarke-Loulan (Voices in the Sand) J S Bach-Largo (C Major Solo Sonata)[http://www.peter-sheppard-skaerved.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Bach.mp3] Carly Lake-Horn talks about the experience of the space David […]