Composition & Craft at Craft Central

Posted on April 12th, 2018 by

Composition & Craft


Three salon evenings at The Forge celebrating making and the links between music and craft.

Arranged by Peter Sheppard Skærved – Violin/presenter

After the success of our first musical evening, Peter returns with three salons inspired by the magnificent architecture and acoustics of the The Forge and the craftspeople at work at Craft Central. He brings guest musicians and interviews three craftspeople about their work.

Pastorals May 4th at 7.30pm

Giuseppe Tartini – Piccola Sonata 7 ‘Tasso’ (ca. 1760)

Sadie Harrison – ‘Gallery’ (2013)*

Michel Alec Rose – ‘Il Ritorno’ (2016)*

Philip Glass – Strung Out (1963) +


Guest craftsperson: Florian Bailly – Bowmaker


Sadie Harrison’s cycle functions as a musical gallery, responding to a series of drawings and paintings with highly crafted, virtuosic miniatures. Michael Alec Rose reflects on his deep affinity with Dartmoor, evoking the elements and associations of the moor.

+Introducing the Paul Davies ‘Spur’ electro-acoustic violin
In this first event, Peter interviews acclaimed bowmaker Florian Bailly about his art. The bowmaker’s art is vital to every string player. Violinists regard the great ‘archetiers’ of the present and past with the same reverence and admiration as violin makers – the bow is to the player as the lungs to the singer.

Friday June 1st – Colours-Limits

Guest Artist – Mihailo Trandafilovski

Georg Phillip Telemann – Gulliver’s Travels (1727) ‘Der getreue Musikmeister’

Mihailo Trandafilovski – Duos & Solos *

Sheppard Skærved/Trandafilovski-Forge Improvisation

Béla Bartók – 44 Duos (1922)


Guest craftsperson: – Walter Berwick – Spectacle maker


The Macedonian composer violinist Mihailo Trandafilovski draws inspiration from the very core of string sound, the rasp of bow on string, the shine of harmonics. His works are the perfect foil for Bartók’s astonishing duos.. This concert marks the launch of ‘Diptych’, the new disc of Trandafilovski’s works, on the METIER label, featuring these artists

*Works written for Peter Sheppard Skaerved

Spectacle-maker Walter Berwick has a deep connection to the world of the violin. He spent part of this career crafting the finely made ‘frogs’ for the bows, when they were still carved in decorative tortoiseshell.

Friday July 6 – Invisible Cities

Niccólo Paganini – Caprices Op 1 (Publ. 1820)

Eugène Ysaÿe– Two Sonatas (1 & 4) (1924)

Evis Sammoutis – Nicosia Études *(2014-2017)

Peter Sheppard Skærved – Three Nicosia Troubadours (2017)

Gregory Rose – Three Études* (2015)

Jörg Widmann – Études (1994) *#


Guest: Emily Jo Gibbs – Artist


Paganini’Caprices & Ysaÿe Sonatas thread through this concert, framing new etudes resulting from Peter’s site-specific work with Cypriot composer, Evis Sammoutis, music inspired by the history and layers of an ancient and modern city.

# Introducing the Luca Alessandrini ‘Spider Silk’ Violin


*Works written for Peter Sheppard Skaerved


Artist Emily Jo Gibbs has been acclaimed for her exquisite work in three fields: fashion, 3 dimensional work and 2 dimensional embroidery. Her work can be found in the collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum and she is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.



Peter Sheppard Skærved


Peter lives in Wapping and is a Grammy-nominated violinist and the dedicatee of over 400 works for solo violin. His collaboration with composers began in his late teens, working with the great Hans Werner Henze. Peter’s pioneering work on music for violin alone has resulted in research, performances and recordings of cycles by Tartini, Telemann, Bach, de Bériot, and, Most recently, his project, ‘Preludes and Vollenteries’, has brought together 200 unknown works from the 17th Century, from composers including Colombi, Matteis, Marini and Lonati, with the Wren and Hawksmoor Churches in London’s Square Mile.


His work with museums has resulted in long term projects at institutions including the Metropolitan Museum, New York City, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the British Museum, Galeria Rufino Tamayo Mexico City, and the exhibition ‘Only Connect’, which he curated at the National Portrait Gallery.. Peter is the founder and leader of the Kreutzer Quartet and the artistic director of the ensemble Longbow.




To book

Admission £10 through the website or on the door. Concessions available on the door.

Full disabled access


Start time 7.30. Doors open 7.00.

Refreshment break

Full running time [including interval] two hours