Mike Sheppard

Composer, orchestrator and music producer

Mike is a versatile composer and music producer who works across many genres of music. His music can be heard on TV, in film and advertising, and his 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’.

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 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).

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. In 2011 the BBC Concert Orchestra made his works the centrepiece of a live broadcast concert. In 2012 he formed a co-writing partnership for musical theatre with Phil Edwards, since when they have written five new shows for film and theatre. In 2013 he entered into an agreement with the prestigious publishing house Edition Peters, who publish his choral music globally.

As a composer/producer Mike has created music for scores of films, TV ads and TV programmes. His ‘serious’ concert works are published by Edition Peters and have been performed and recorded by the BBC Concert Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra, and the choirs Tenebrae, Commotio and Royal Holloway. He has worked with many major publishers, record labels and other rights holders such as the BBC and SKY.

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. 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, went straight into the classical charts at no. 1. In September 2016 Mike was nominated a ‘Great British Discovery’ by Classic FM.

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If you’re interested in Mike’s works for orchestras, choirs, bands and ensembles, or his educational publishing, you might like to visit his dedicated website, which is a micro-site within this main website.

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