Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Composition & Craft
01 December - 01 December 2017 | Promoted Event
| Free

Arranged by Peter Sheppard Skærved - Violin/presenter

Guest artist;Mihailo Trandafilovski-Violin

Maker in conversation; Silvia Crawford, jeweller with SilPhi

This event has been inspired by the magnificent architecture and acoustics of the The Forge and features extraordinary 17th century instruments playing music of their own time and ours. It includes new music responding to the artists at work at Craft Central, and by living composers.

Featured musicians

Hafliði Hallgrimsson - Paul Klee Studies (world premiere)

Judith Bingham-The Lost Works of Paganini (2014)

Roger Redgate-Caprice 1 (world premiere)

Mihailo Trandafillovski-Duos

David Matthews- 'Sibeliad' & 'Three Chants' (world premiere)

Sadie Harrison- 'Tarab' for Two Violins (World Premiere)

Nigel Clarke-Pernambuco (1994) & Loulan (2003)

And works by composers from the 1600s including Biagio Marini, Henry Purcell. Nicola Matteis, and more played on instruments by NIcolo Amati, Antonio Stradivari

Maker in conversation Sylvia Crawford will discuss her work and inspiration.

Peter Sheppard Skærved lives in Wapping and is a Grammy-nominated violinist and the dedicatee of over 400 works for solo violin. His collaboration with composers began in his late teens, working with the great Hans Werner Henze. Peter’s pioneering work on music for violin alone has resulted in research, performances and recordings of cycles by Tartini, Telemann, Bach, de Bériot, and, Most recently, his project, ‘Preludes and Vollenteries’, has brought together 200 unknown works from the 17th Century, from composers including Colombi, Matteis, Marini and Lonati, with the Wren and Hawksmoor Churches in London’s Square Mile.

His work with museums has resulted in long term projects at institutions including the Metropolitan Museum, New York City, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the British Museum, Galeria Rufino Tamayo Mexico City, and the exhibition ‘Only Connect’, which he curated at the National Portrait Gallery.. Peter is the founder and leader of the Kreutzer Quartet and the artistic director of the ensemble Longbow.

Silvia Crawford (SilPhi)

As regular visitors to Venice, Silvia and Philip Crawford were were fascinated by the glass they saw there. 15 years ago they decided to learn how to make it themselves and enrolled at the Abate Zanetti glass school in Murano, the island outside Venice where Venetian glass is made. After much training and practice they now have a studio in The Forge and use blowtorches, rods of Venetian glass and tools which are also made in Venice to make necklaces, bracelets, rings and other glass jewellery and objects. Each bead or ring is made individually by hand, then combined with Sterling Silver or Italian waxed cotton to produce colourful, versatile and unique items which can be worn anywhere and with almost anything.

SilPhi regularly update their collections, increasingly finding that customers are keen to influence the designs themselves and personalised creations are an increasing part of their business.


To book

Admission £10 online or on the door

Full disabled access

Start time 7.30. Doors open 7.00.

Refreshment break

Full running time [including interval] two hours