Welcome to the website of composer, writer and music producer Mike Sheppard.

His published works for performance include music for choirs, orchestras and jazz ensembles. His 2010 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 an increasingly rare kind of musician — one who is equally at home in classical, jazz, pop or choral music. A multi-instrumentalist who is equally comfortable conducting an orchestra or programming a computer, he is adept at creating recordings using a hybrid of the best samples allied to multi-tracked live musicians.

He has played in, composed for, conducted and produced the National Youth Jazz Orchestra over many years.

He has created music for film, TV and advertising in a wide range of styles and genres from orchestral filmscore to string quartet; from choral orchestral to jazz and big band. His media music can be heard in a wide variety of commercial settings – from children’s TV (Brum for BBC) to TV Drama (Marple / Poirot for LWT / Granada); from advertising (Sony PlayStation 3) to film (Bill of Mortality / Saving Lives).

In 2011 the BBC Concert Orchestra made his works the centrepiece of a live broadcast concert that featured a 20 minute interview with the composer in the interval. That interview can be heard on the Concert Music page on this website.
 

The Soul Rests Eternal, on Signum
Classics, is available through music
shops, iTunes and online


Since 2010 he has pursued his passion for choral writing in recordings with the internationally acclaimed choir Tenebrae.

In July 2012 he recorded new works for choir — including 3 Christmas carols — with Oxford-based choir Commotio, under Matthew Berry.

Since 2011 he formed a co-writing partnership with Phil Edwards since when he has been working on major new pieces for music theatre. The first, based on Sir Walter Scott's classic story of Ivanhoe, was completed in 2013. This is currently being developed as a feature film as well as a theatre production.

In 2013 Mike wrote the story and script for "A Wing And A Prayer" — a major new musical for film and theatre. The music and lyrics were co-written with Phil Edwards and the production will be directed by Arlene Phillips, with choreography by Drew McOnie.

In 2014 he is due to write "Tiger Pig" — an animated musical.

 


In 2013 he entered into an agreement with the
prestigious publishing house Edition Peters,
who will publish his choral music globally.

He is a full member of PRS / MCPS and a
professional member of the British Academy of
Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA).

He is also a published author on music education.

He is very active in his work of bringing music
to others, whether as a composer-in-residence
or as a conductor & teacher. He works regularly
with young musicians and teaches composition.

"Working on your own, or in a studio is a way
of life for most professional composers," says
Mike, "but I like to keep in touch with grass roots
music-making through my teaching, composing
and workshop activity. It keeps me fresh."






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