London calling: Peter Sheppard Skaerved live at the National Portrait Gallery

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Dover Arts Development is very excited to announce an upcoming concert presented by celebrated virtuoso violinist Peter Sheppard Skærved at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

On Friday, 24th April 2015 at 6.30pm Peter will present “Channel Firing”, a personal response to 1914-2014 following a commission by the Dover Museums and Arts Group in 2014, including musical works by Holst, Elgar and Satie and writings by Dickens, Shakespeare, Woolf and Hesse as part of the National Portrait gallery’s Late Shift event series.

Channel Firing is composed of music, words and images collected during his residency at Dover Museum in 2014-15. 9 young people from Astor College of the Arts in Dover will be attending the concert with their teachers. We are very grateful to Southeastern for enabling the students to use the High Speed train up to London for this event. After the event, the students will work with Peter to create a digital version of Channel Firing, in a collage of text music and visual material, which will be available for a wider audience on Dover Museum’s website.

“Not only does Peter’s performance at the National Portrait Gallery symbolise a great achievement of his commission but also reflects so well on the DMAG project as a whole. We’re all very proud”.  (Joanna Jones)

Dover Arts Development has enjoyed previous collaborations with Peter, notably “War & Peace”, which ran from May 2012 to December 2013 and was highlighted by a Grand Finale Concert in Dover Town Hall in October 2013, with world Premieres of Dogger Fisher German Bight Humber Thames Dover Wight by composer Nigel Clarke and writer Malene Sheppard Skærved and Re-Veil-Le by painter Joanna Jones within a programme devised by Peter Sheppard Skærved. Peter also worked with DAD on the Nautical Threads project in 2014, delivering music workshops at schools across the District.

Read more about Peter’s project here.