Transit: Pulp & Rags: an evening of contemporary classical music, poetry and film at Dover Town Hall

War & Peace

Dover past and present is the focus of a concert bringing together the work of four internationally recognised artists: composer Nigel Clark, visual artist Joanna Jones, writer and film maker Malene Sheppard Skaerved, and violinist Peter Sheppard Skaerved, who has been at the heart of the collaboration among the artists and who will be leading the Longbow virtuoso chamber ensemble.

The title of the evening refers to Dover’s industrial and nautical history and the raw materials that result in paper and canvas.

Directed by Peter Sheppard Skaerved, the concert, which is the Grand Finale of Dover Arts Development’s War & Peace programme, comprises three newly commissioned works:

Dogger Fisher German Bight Humber Thames Dover Wight, composed by Nigel Clarke; a linked poem with the same title by Malene Sheppard Skaerved and Re-Veil-Le “a painting for Dover”, by Joanna Jones which will be shown as a film, accompanied by Mihailo Trandafilovski’s Diptych (Violin Concerto No 2), in two movements and written for Peter Sheppard Skaerved.

Nigel Clarke began his musical career as a military bandsman in Deal, where he developed an interest in composition, and went on to receive many significant awards as a student at the Royal Academy for music, including the Queen’s Commendation for Excellence. In 2010, he was commissioned to write a new work to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Malene Sheppard Skaerved’s linked poem is based on the voices of the people she encountered and talked to on several visits to Dover.

Celebrating the travellers (many of them musicians) who passed through and played in Dover, the evening will include short works by Niccolo Paganini and Ole Bull and Dream, by the young Kosovan composer Defina Zeqiri, who has worked with Peter Sheppard Skaerved and Nigel Clarke for some years. Joanna Jones, who now lives in Dover met Peter Sheppard Skaerved in Cyprus with the Pharos Foundation in 2011 and a year later collaborated with Longbow at a concert at Wilton’s music hall in London.

The Longbow virtuoso chamber ensemble is in international collective of performers, counting some of the most creative and original performers active today and who are known for critically acclaimed recordings on labels including Naxos, Toccata Classics, and Metier.

Transit: Pulp & Rags is on 11 October 2013 from 7.45pm – 10.00pm. Dover Town Hall Biggin Street Dover CT16 1DL. Doors open at 7.00pm. Tickets cost £10 and can be bought through the Dover Visitor InformationCentre, Dover Museum, Market Square, Dover, CT16 1PH, Tel: 01304201066 or on the door on the night.

Ticket sales will be used to pay members of the Longbow ensemble.