Peter Sheppard Skaerved



Director/Violin-Peter Sheppard Skaerved

Violins: Mihailo Trandafilovski, Salome Rateau, Preetha Narayanan, Midori Komachi, Alice Barron, Julia Pusker, Patrick Dawkins,

Violas: Diana Mathews, Clifton Harrison, Dan Shilliday

Cellos: Evie Heyde, Valerie Welbanks

Double-Bass: Rachel Meerloo

Reader: Clair Hawkins*

Longbow is a collective of some of today’s most virtuosic and inventive string players, specialising in multi-player ensemble works. They have made critically acclaimed recordings for the Naxos, Toccata, and Metier labels, and are closely associated with the pioneering work of Dover Arts Development.


Thomas Tallis-Out of the Deep (arr. Peter Sheppard Skæaerved) ca 1530

Nigel Clarke/Malene Skaerved-Pulp & Rags* (2015) (World Premiere)

David Gorton-Lachrymae Variations (on a Theme by John Dowland) 2015 (World Premiere)


John Ireland-Threnody 1939

Nigel Clarke/Malene Skaerved-Dogger, Fisher, German Bight, Humber, Thames, Dover, Wight 2013

Tonight’s programme reflects on themes which the extraordinary WW1 Joined-Up has raised. From a personal point of view, my repeated walks along hundreds of miles of ancient roads to Dover, inspired ‘Channel Firing’, which considered the relationship between past and present, and how the anniversary of the First World War has led me to a better understanding of historical, mythical, and natural narratives. This is the perfect opportunity to hear Nigel and Malene’s reflections on the history and culture of Dover, works focusing on precise narratives, such as the history of Buckland Mill (Pulp & Rags), and the layering of history in war and peace (Dogger, Fisher, German Bight, Humber, Thames, Dover, Wight ). John Ireland wrote his Threnody in Deal in 1939; music of mourning for the generation lost in wars past and imminent. My project for Dover Museum repeatedly drew me to the narratives of the 16th and 17th Centuries, so it is apt to play Thomas Tallis’s Out of the Deep; he was organist at Dover Priory in 1530, when the work was written. David Gorton has been a close collaborator of mine for years. His musical reflections on landscape, in war and peace, have had a powerful impact on my own ‘Channel Firing’ project. His extraordinary Lachrymae Variations takes the form of a dialogue between our time and the generations that followed John Dowland’s ‘passionate pavan’, published in 1604.   Peter Sheppard Skaerved

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