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Composer, writer and music producer

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Mike Sheppard’s published works for performance include music for choirs, orchestras and jazz ensembles. His 2011 album The Soul Rests Eternal, featuring cellist Caroline Dale with the English Chamber Orchestra, was Radio 3’s ‘Presenter’s Choice’ and Classic FM’s ‘Sunday Best’. 

Mike is equally at home in classical, jazz, R’nB or electronic music. He’s a multi-instrumentalist who is just as comfortable conducting a symphony orchestra as he is programming a computer. He has created music for film, TV and advertising in a wide range of styles and genres from orchestral film score to string quartet; from choral orchestral to jazz and big band. His media music can be heard in children’s TV (Brum for BBC), TV Drama (Marple / Poirot for LWT / Granada), advertising (Sony PlayStation 3) and film (Bill of Mortality / Saving Lives). 

Since 2010 he has pursued his passion for choral writing in recordings with the internationally acclaimed choirs Tenebrae, Voces8, Commotio and the choir of Royal Holloway, among others. He is a published author on music education; books include ‘How to Read Music’, ‘How To Crack Music Theory’ (both Wise Publications) and ‘JazzWorks’ (ABRSM Publishing). His ‘serious’ concert works are published by Edition Peters, De Haske and Hal Leonard and have been performed and recorded by the BBC Concert Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra, and the leading choirs Tenebrae, Commotio and the choir of Royal Holloway.

The Soul Rests Eternal’, an album of music composed by Mike for cello and orchestra, recorded by Caroline Dale and the English Chamber Orchestra, was ‘Sunday Best’ on Classic FM and ‘Presenter’s Choice’ on BBC R3 in the same week. In September 2016 Mike was nominated a ‘Great British Discovery’ by Classic FM.

His orchestrations for the Decca CD ‘Introit — The Music of Gerald Finzi’ met with great critical acclaim. The CD, featuring the Aurora Orchestra under principal conductor Nicholas Collon, with soloists Amy Dickson (soprano saxophone) and Nicolas Fleury (horn) went straight into the classical charts at no. 1.

In 2019 he was appointed composer-in-residence with the world famous GUS brass band In 2020 he composed the trumpet concerto — The Eternal Flame — for internationally renowned virtuoso Mike Lovatt. A scheduled CD — The Music of Mike Sheppard — with the GUS Band under their resident Artistic Director, Chris Jeans, was delayed due to the Covid-19 outbreak, and has been re-scheduled for next year. Other recent and forthcoming commissions include a double Euphonium concerto for Steve and Misa Mead and a trombone concerto for Jonathan Pippen.  He is much in demand as a workshop leader, speaker, teacher of composition and conductor. next to composing his biggest passion is for teaching at all levels — from complete beginners to PhD students.