World famous violinist Peter Sheppard Skærved joins St John’s Hospice fundraiser

AN art exhibition held for St John’s Hospice saw a world class musician play a recital inspired by the artist.

On October 2, an evening of art and music was held in aid of St John’s Hospice.

Renowned violinist Peter Sheppard Skærved gave a recital amongst the paintings of artist Heather Cowey at The Storey in Lancaster.

Performing music written between the 1660s and 2021, Peter Sheppard Skærved played on his 400- and 500-year-old violins, including one piece of music written by himself inspired by Heather’s paintings, and another written by Heather’s husband, Edward, who is a composer.

Peter entertained between each piece with stories about the music, composers, and the makers of his violins.

This event was put together by Australian artist Heather Cowie, who now lives in Cumbria.

The title of the exhibition – Here, There and Everywhere, is a reference to Heather’s abstract landscapes which beautifully took the audience to scenes around the world.

Sophy Horner from St John’s Hospice said “We are so grateful to Heather, Edward, Peter, and Sanlam for this incredible fundraising effort for St John’s Hospice.

“It was such an inspiring evening; I truly enjoyed the art by Heather and the music from Peter.

“It was lovely to see new faces and faces we haven’t been able to see for a long time, supporting their local Hospice.

“All the money raised will help St John’s to continue caring for patients with life shortening illnesses and to support their families too, so thank you to everyone who supported their local Hospice by being there.

“Like many I am looking forward to May, when Peter’s string quartet, the Kreutzer Quartet will be coming to Lancaster for another recital in aid of St John’s Hospice.”

The Westmorland Gazette | North Lancs