Toccata Classics

The 2 musical portraits of the town of Dover composed by Nigel Clarke in collaboration with violinist Peter Sheppard Skaerved and Malene Skaerved have been released on CD by Toccata Classics.

We are very proud that the contact with Dover through DAD  led to the  composition of these works. Many Dover residents supported the Kickstarter crowd funding that resulted in this marvellous CD, after hearing the premiere of Dogger, Fisher, German Bight, Humber, Thames, Dover, Wight in 2013.

Music for thirteen strings includes  ‘Pulp and Rags’ based on Dover’s paper industry, and ‘Dogger, Fisher, German Bight, Humber, Thames, Dover, Wight’ inspired by Dover’s maritime history and integrating a recording of the sea coming in on Shakespeare Beach at the end.

Both compositions were premiered in Dover Town Hall with the Longbow String Ensemble under the direction of Peter Sheppard Skaerved:

‘Dogger, Fisher, German Bight, Humber, Thames, Dover, Wight’ on October 11th 2013 as part of the DAD War and Peace concert

Pulp and Rags’ on May 20th 2016 as part of the DAD INSPIRATION=DOVER concert.

For three decades the English composer Nigel Clarke (b. 1960) has worked in close collaboration with the violinist Peter Sheppard Skærved. Clarke’s engaging and energetic music often takes its cue from a dramatic or poetic impulse. As well as the two portraits of Dover, the CD also features two tributes to Edith Cavell, the British nurse shot in the First World War and Parnassus, the first piece to result from this collaboration, which initiated a series of pieces for string ensemble, most recently for their virtuoso collective Longbow.

The CD can be ordered here: Music for Thirteen Solo Strings.

Click here to read The CD booklet