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On playing Edward Cowie’s ‘Bird Portraits’ – a view from the violin – June 2021

June 28, 2021

On playing Edward Cowie’s ‘Bird Portraits’ – a view from the violin A constant companion while working Edward Cowie’s ‘Bird Portraits’ was Geoffrey Chaucer’s Book of the Duchess. Most of my personal practice takes place at night, and as winter turned to spring this year, the grey light and singing of early dawn has often […]

Summer 2021

June 22, 2021

Celebrating Collaboration 23 6 25 (for the exhale)- Working with Jan Groth

June 22, 2021

In 2016, I was invited by the Bergen International Festival to collaborate with the great Norwegian Artist, Jan Groth. The first outcome of this work, ‘A Futhork for Jan Groth’ was premiered at Bergen Kunsthallen in the following year. The project continued to grow, resulting in more material, and performances from Svalbard to Minneapolis. This […]

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June 17, 2021

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June 9, 2021

  Bartok – 44th Transylvanian dance. Peter Sheppard Skaerved & Mihailo Trandafilovski  (Live at Wilton’s Music Hall) Naji Hakim – Precipitato (Solo Sonata) Peter Sheppard Skaerved – Violin        

Celebrating Collaboration – Resource Page 13 5 21

May 12, 2021

More on Brunel and the Mendelssohns (lot  more) Thoughts on dentists and musicians Paganini’s annotations of Angelica Catalani’s rendition of part of Pierre Rode’s ‘Air Varie’ (1820) PSS violin Thoughts on Catalani, the Great Exhibition, and ‘The Singing Mouse’. And dreadful behaviour by Byron Thoughts on Charles  Burney and Meetings and Seekings (Tartini and more) […]

Westhoff – Suites for violin alone, an exploration

April 25, 2021

  An exploration Johann Paul von Westhoff (b Dresden, 1656; d Weimar, bur. April 17, 1705) – Works for violin alone. This summer, I will record all the surviving works for solo violin, by the fasinating violinist and linguist, Johann von Westhoff. I have been working on these extraordinary works for many years, and they […]

Soundbox 22 4 21

April 22, 2021

The Viotti ex-Bruce 1709 Stradivari For most of the time, the violin hangs, alone, gently glowing in the corner of the gallery on the Marylebone Road.  The light is set just high enough that the visitor can register its exquisite colouration, low enough that the tramonto that is this instrument’s ‘ground’ is not at risk […]

Julius Röntgen – Lento espressivo (Sonate II) Op 68 Vb

April 15, 2021

Julius Röntgen – Lento espressivo (Sonate II) Op 68 Vb At the desk performance by Peter Sheppard Skaerved 6 4 21

Carl Friedrich Abel – D Major (Prelude) 27 Pieces (Drexel MS)

April 15, 2021

Carl Friedrich Abel – D Major (Prelude) 27 Pieces (Drexel MS) At the desk performance by Peter Sheppard Skaerved Viola Jacob Rayman 1641