Nigel’s new score with poetry by Malene Sheppard Skaerved


Nigel’s new virtuoso string orchestra work Dogger, Fisher, German Bight, Humber, Thames, Dover, Wight will receive it’s world premier in Dover Town Hall on Friday 11 October by Longbow a chamber ensemble led by Peter Sheppard Skaerved. (see booking details below).

Transit: Pulp & Rags: an evening of contemporary classical music, poetry & film

Dover past and present is the focus of the Grand Finale concert of Dover Arts Development’s (DAD) 18-month War & Peace programme. It presents world premieres of three specially commissioned works within a programme devised by violinist Peter Sheppard Skaerved.

Dogger, Fisher, German Bight, Humber, Thames, Dover, Wightcomposed by Nigel Clarke; a linked poem with the same title by Malene Sheppard Skaerved, based on the voices of the people she encountered in Dover, 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.

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. Painter Joanna Jones met Peter Sheppard Skaerved in Cyprus with the Pharos Foundation in 2011 and a year later collaborated with him and Longbow at a concert at Wiltons’ music hall in London. Longbow is an 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.

The title of the evening refers to Dover’s industrial and nautical history and the raw materials of paper and canvas. Each member of the audience will receive a piece of original artwork.


Tickets cost £10. For bookings and more information on the venue, accommodation and how to get there, click here. If you are having trouble booking, please contact DAD via or on 07855832638. 

Each member of the audience will receive  a piece of original artwork.