"Reflections in Time" - we're excited to welcome back Visiting Research Fellow Peter Sheppard Skaerved to give this early evening lecture/recital
Gloria Coates (1933-2023+) – Solo Sonata No 1 (1999)
Robert Saxton – Solo Sonata ‘Reflections in Time’ (2023) UK Premiere
Jim Aitchison – ‘Aperture’ - After James Turrell (2023) World Premiere
With Knowledge Exchange Violin Film "A Meditation on Music and Landscape – A Film by Malene Skærved"
Visiting Research Fellow, violinist Peter Sheppard Skærved brings three works by collaborating composers. His meeting in Munich, in 1991 with American composer Gloria Coates triggered over decades of friendship, new works and groundbreaking, critically acclaimed, recordings of her complete string quartets, other chamber works, violin concerto and solo works. Like Peter Gloria was a painter, and her vibrant art counterpoints her instantly recognisable music. Gloria died in August, but her music lives on: this concert celebrates her work with the first of her two sonatas for violin alone.
Robert Saxton’s solo sonata is the result of many years of collaboration with Peter, particularly on his chamber music. In recent years they had begun to discuss a solo violin sonata, and in the summer 2023, Robert completed an extraordinary five-movement work, in part inspired by Peter’s paintings and drawings of the River Thames. This work has its world premiere at the Pharos Contemporary Music Festival Nicosia on the 4th of October.
Peter’s collaboration with composer Jim Aitchison began working with a Richard Deacon Sculpture at Tate St Ives in 2007. Since then, they have worked together on works responding to works by Terry Frost, Doris Salcedo, Mark Rothko, Anthony Gormley and more. Currently they are working with two extraordinary pieces by James Turrell at the Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, Cornwall. ‘Aperture’ was recently filmed in Turrell’s ‘skyspace’ sculpture there, which inspired it. This is its public premiere.
At present, Peter is working on a series of films about music in various contexts, in collaboration with institutions on both sides of the Atlantic. These include the Library of Congress, Washington DC, the Ashmolean Museum Oxford, and the Museum Stradivari Cremona, to name just three. Filmmaker Malene Skærved, who teaches in the MCCS Department at Goldsmiths, is directing these. She will introduce their film with the nature-writer and conservationist Laurence Rose, filmed at RSPH Farnham Heath last year.
Part of ‘Knowledge Exchange Violin’, supported by Knowledge Exchange/Research England. 77
Free event, open to all and no need to book.
This event is part of the Contemporary Music Research Series of events
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|12 Oct 2023
|6:00pm - 8:00pm
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