Malmö project-update November 2011

May 8, 2011

  NOVEMBER 12-13-14-15 -Kreutzer Quartet at Conenct Festival 12th November 2011 Pre-workship session in the Caroli Kirke:We arrived in Malmo today to meet with the wonderful group of composers who have contributed to this project. Today was not the workshop  itself, but an opportunity to open the door to the exploring the wonderful set of […]

PSS and Nigel Clarke at Middle Tennesse State University 2011. Just a begininning….

April 23, 2011

MTSU Collaboration  Nigel Clarke and Peter Sheppard Skærved (Violin) have just completed a week’s residency at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). The residency, by invitation of Dr Reed Thomas from MTSU, saw Nigel conducting his large scale wind orchestra work `Gagarin’ to mark the 50th anniversary of the first manned space flight by the Russian […]

Macedonia 2011

April 4, 2011

  Two Days in Skopje (posted Monday March 28th) I am just about to leave Macedonia after two inspiring days at the Days of Macedonian Music (DMM) with the Kreutzers. We played three concerts (23 works) in two days, all of them surrounded by the treasures of the Archaeological Museum. It was a great chance for […]


March 8, 2011

Ludwig van Beethoven – ( Ludwig van Beethoven by Lazarus Gottlieb Sichling, after Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller line engraving, (1823)  Beethoven never managed to visit London, but, by the end of his life, had become as influential a member of the arts community there as any other composer. This was partially due to the foundation of […]

Jelly D’Aranyi and Bartok

March 8, 2011

Jelly D’Aranyi  by Charles Geoffroy-Dechaume oil on canvas, 1920s? Bela Bartok-Second Sonata (1922) Dedicated to Jelly d’Aranyi Live Performance-Aaron Shorr-Piano, Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin (Stradivari 1698 ‘Joachim’) Wiltons Music Hall July 11th 2011 Engineer-Colin Still (Optic Nerve) 1st Movement- Jelly d’Aranyi was the great niece of Joseph Joachim. This became a mystical communication through Jelly’s use […]

George Bernard Shaw

March 8, 2011

George Bernard Shaw – (George Bernard Shaw by Sir (John) Bernard Partridge watercolour, circa 1925 )  George Bernard Shaw’s alter ego as a music critic, was corno di bassetto, (bassett horn). This polymath genius’s influence on music, over 70 years of writing about it, was such that, had he not written another word save that […]

Yehudi Menuhin

March 8, 2011

Yehudi Menuhin and Eric Fenby – (Eric William Fenby; Yehudi Menuhin, Baron Menuhin by Unknown photographer resin print, 1970s )  Yehudi Menuhin and Eric Fenby standing together: one composer’s amanuensis working with a transformative violinist. Fenby enabled the blind Delius to write his wonderful late works, especially the radiant 3rd Sonata, and then passed the flame […]

Michael Tippett

March 8, 2011

Michael Tippett – (Sir Michael Kemp Tippett by Martin Rose acrylic on canvas, 1989 Primary Collection) ONLY CONNECT in progress. A personal note-July 2011: The arrival of Martin Rose’s portrait of Tippett in the gallery space was one I will never forget. Nothing prepared me for the brilliance of this painting, and for its sense […]

Priaulx Rainier

March 8, 2011

Priaulx Rainier – (Priaulx Rainier by George Newson  bromide fibre print, 18 October 1984 ) Click on Highlighted words for Links  The closest which the trail-blazing composer, Priaulx Rainier enjoyed to a community of like minded artists was afforded her when she took up the invitation to take a studio in St Ives, where she […]

Igor Stravinsky

March 7, 2011

Igor Stravinsky – (Samuel Dushkin; Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky by Paul Tanqueray vintage bromide print, 1934) To hear PSS playing Stravinsky/Dushkin-go to-TANGO Click on Highlighted words to follow links Stravinsky-Three Pieces for String Quartet (Kreutzer Quartet Peter Sheppard Skaerved/Mihailo Trandafilovski/Morgan Goff/Neil Heyde)  The communication between composer and collaborator is perhaps the most intimate of any artistic […]