Welcome to the website of composer 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’.
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.
Since 2010 he has pursued his passion for choral writing in recordings with the internationally acclaimed choir Tenebrae.
The Soul Rests Eternal, on Signum
Classics, is available through music
shops, iTunes and online
In July 2012 he recorded new works for choir — including 3 Christmas carols — with Oxford-based choir Commotio, under Matthew Berry.
He is working on a major piece for music theatre based on Sir Walter Scott’s classic story of Ivanhoe, also due for completion in 2012.
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.”