Peter Sheppard Skaerved at St Edmunds

St Edmunds Chapel

Dover Arts Development would like to draw your attention to a special concert by Grammy- nominated violin soloist Peter Sheppard Skærved in the Exquisite chapel of St Edmunds in Dover. 

Peter Sheppard Skærved –Violins ‘Remarkable…a technical tour de force’ Sunday Times 

Saturday October 26th 6.30pm – 8pm
St Edmund’s Chapel, Priory Road, Dover, CT16 1BB

Tickets £5 available here

The ticket price covers the booking fee and 50% will go to The St Edmunds of Abingdon Memorial Trust.

We are delighted to start the St Edmunds 2019 cultural programme with Grammy-nominated violin soloist Peter Sheppard Skærved. Peter is internationally acclaimed for fearless playing and adventurous programming. He is renowned for site-specific projects, and particularly for his sensitivity to the music of ancient architecture.

Peter has been dreaming of a project in the exquisite chapel of St Edmund since he first visited and played in there in 2012 when he was invited by DAD to be part of their War & Peace project. Herewith his appreciation of Dover and the WAR & PEACE project.

Its layered history, like the materials of St Edmunds, have inspired him to draw together old and new music, speaking to the universal ideas it embodies. St Edmund’s was founded by St Richard of Chichester in 1253, as a chantry to St Edmund of Abingdon. Both had opposed Henry III’s attempts to undermine Magna Carta, and this brave resistance is reflected in the doughty survival of this wonderful building.

The programme is framed by passacaglia/walking style masterpieces from the baroque, which enfold works written for Peter by some of the many composers with whom Peter collaborates around the world. Evis Sammoutis reflects on the lost French medieval culture of Cyprus, Nicola LeFanu inspired by a 17th century sculpture of two ideal musicians, Nigel Clarke offers a memorial to Edith Cavell, whose body returned to Dover in 1919, and Paul Pellay’s variations is a clarion call to stand up to political oppression, following the model of St Richard and St Edmund.

‘St Edmunds Chapel – gaudete cum lætitia’ J S Bach – Chaconne (1720)Peter Sheppard Skærved-4 Troubadours (2017)Evis Sammoutis – Nicosia Etudes (2014-2019)Nicola LeFanu – Prelude (St Cecelia & King David) (2018)Nigel Clarke – Epitaph for Edith Cavell (2014)Paul Pellay, his ‘Anacreonantic Variations’ (2019) World PremiereAnonymous (17th Century) – Passacaglia on ‘How beautifully Shines the Morning Star’ (ca 1670)

Please dress up warm as the chapel has minimum heating.