Preludes & Vollenteries 14

Posted on May 16th, 2018 by


St Botolph without Aldgate 16th June 7pm

‘Preludes & Vollenteries’  Peter Sheppard Skærved – Violin

Works by Nicola Matteis, Georg Phillip Telemann, John Playford, Giuseppe Torelli.

Eastern European folk music collected in the early 18th Century

Plus: Dafina Zeqiri – ‘Dream’ & S?d?ka ?zdil – ‘Variations on a Turkish Theme’

 

Grammy-nominated violin soloist Peter Sheppard Skærved has lived within a short walk of Aldgate for most of his life. His ‘Preludes and Vollenteries’ Series celebrates the music ad archicture of London in the century after the Great Fire.  Works by the most popular 18th Century London violinist, Nicola Matteis and more, together with Eastern European folk music, collected in the period. Plus: works by living composers, Dafina Zeqiri from Kosova, and Turkish composer S?d?ka ?zdil. An important inspiration for this concert is the ‘King David’ carved panel which hangs in the the church, depicting 17th century string instruments.

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St Botolph without Aldgate

Preludes & Vollenteries – Music for solo violin

Works by Nicola Matteis, Georg Phillip Telemann, John Playford, Giuseppe Torelli.

Eastern European traditional dance music collected in the early 18th Century

Plus: Dafina Zeqiri – ‘Dream’ & S?d?ka ?zdil – ‘Variations on a Turkish Theme’

 

Preludes & Vollenteries is an on-going series of salon-style concerts celebrating the architecture, music and culture of London in the years after the Great Fire of 1666. Peter Sheppard Skærved  has collaborated with over 20 of the ‘City Churches’ built by Wren, Hookes, Hawksmoor and Dance, presenting evenings inspired  by these extraordinary buildings, and the music of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Carved Violin (Gibbons?) ca 1676. St Botolph Aldgate 9 1 17

Preludes & Vollenteries for St Botolph’s brings music by the most popular violinist in London at the beginning of the 18th Century, the Neapolitan-born Nicola Matteis, together the works by Playford, Telemann, Biber,  and folk music  of Eastern Europe transcribed and collected in the period. This is played on instruments by the great makers of the time, both from Italy and London.

The concert also includes a work by two living composers. Peter met the Kosovan composer Dafina Zeqiri in Pristina ten years ago, and has since worked closely with her in Kosova and Macedonia. His work with leading Turkish composer S?d?ka ?zdil stretches back to his student years, resulting in concertos, sonatas, chamber works, and collaborations from Ankara to Oaxaca.

An important inspiration for this concert is the ‘King David’ carved panel which hangs in the side aisle of the church. This depicts the musician king, playing the harp, and singing. There are many theories as to the origin of the panel. Two things are sure. Firstly, it depicts a number of 17th century string instruments (including two violins and bows) with recognisable features of London made instruments of the period. Secondly, it is related to a Grinling Gibbons carving which can be seen in Fairfax House York.

 

Grammy-nominated violinist Peter Sheppard Skærved Peter Sheppard Skærved is the only living violinist to have performed on the violins of Niccolo Paganini, Joseph Joachim and G B Viotti. He  is 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. Since then composers who have written works for him include Nigel Clarke, Judith Weir, Michael Finnissy, Poul Ruders, Jeremy Dale Roberts, Mihailo Trandafilovski, George Rochberg, Elliott Schwartz, Peter Sculthorpe, Judith Bingham, Sadie Harrison, Dmitri Smirnov, Elena Firsova, Howard Skempton,  Evis Sammoutis, Jörg Widmann, Michael Alec Rose, David Gorton, Rosalind Page, S?d?ka ?zdil, Ian Wilson, Peter Dickinson, John Woolrich, Edward Cowie, Jeremy Thurlow, Naji Hakim, Volodmyr Runchak, Laurie Bamon, and Douglas Young. Peter’s pioneering work on music for violin alone has resulted in research, performances and recordings of cycles by Tartini, Telemann, Bach, de Bériot. 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, London. Most recently his ‘Tegner’ commissioned by the Bergen International Festival, is a close collaboration with the great Norwegian abstract artist, Jan Groth, resulting in a set of solo Caprices, premiering at Kunsthallen Bergen, and travelling to galleries in Denmark, the USA and even Svalbard/Spitzbergen. As a writer, Peter has published a monograph on the Victorian artist/musician John Orlando Parry, many articles in journals worldwide, and most recently, ‘Practice: Walk’, part of the Camberwell Press ‘Walking Cities: London’ series. Peter is the founder and leader of the Kreutzer Quartet and the artistic director of the ensemble Longbow. He is the Viotti Lecturer at the Royal Academy of Music and was elected Fellow there in 2013. He is married to the Danish writer Malene Skærved and they live in Wapping.

For more information, recordings, films and articles by and about Peter Sheppard Skærved, go to www.peter-sheppard-skaerved.com