Sabbatical over — It’s back to work

Sabbatical over — It’s back to work We’ve really enjoyed our break from commercial music while we’ve been writing film and stage works. But now with five major new musicals and movies in the can, it’s time to get back to the day job. If you want to see what we’ve created, it’s all here. Our work here is done…

Wingin’ It! Cast Nears Completion

Wingin’ It! Cast Nears Completion 2018 got off to a good start with the news that Producer David Ralph is closing in on the cast for the animated feature, Wingin’ It! So far Alfred Molina, Tom Wilkinson, Natalie Imbruglia and Melissa George have said yes, and last month came the exciting news that Cuba Gooding Jr and Kevin Bacon have…

AMIS commissions Artemis composer

AMIS commissions Artemis composer Composer Mike Sheppard has been commissioned to compose two original songs for the international honour choir of AMIS — the Association for Music in International Schools. The two songs — ‘Noster Nostri’ and ‘Out Of The Long Dark’ were commissioned by conductor Jo McNally and will be premiered in Frankfurt in October by a 65-piece choir…

Gerald Finzi ‘Introit’ CD tops classical chart

Gerald Finzi ‘Introit’ CD tops classical chart Mike Sheppard’s latest project for Decca, ‘Introit — the music of Gerald Finzi’, for which he re-orchestrated and re-arranged four well-known Finzi pieces, went straight into the classical chart at no 1. A delighted Sheppard commented: “It’s wonderful to see Gerald Finzi’s music getting the recognition it so richly deserves. In working on this album…

Artemis to compose ‘Toys – The Musical’

Artemis to compose ‘Toys – The Musical’ Music theatre producers Milton Morrissey Ltd have commissioned Mike Sheppard and Phil Edwards to compose music and lyrics for the forthcoming show ‘Toys’. Based on E. Nesbitt’s ‘The Magic City’ it tells of a 1930’s orphaned teenager who is sent to live in a strange house in the country, owned by an old…

Artemis composer named “Great British Discovery”

Artemis composer named “Great British Discovery” Mike Sheppard has been named the “Great British Discovery” on Classic FM. Presenter Alan Titchmarsh chose ‘Lullaby’ from Mike’s 2010 album ‘The Soul Rests Eternal’ — 14 pieces for solo cello and orchestra recorded by Caroline Dale and the English Chamber Orchestra — while praising the composer’s versatility in being able to write in…

Mike Sheppard & Phil Edwards introduce ‘Angel’

Mike Sheppard & Phil Edwards introduce ‘Angel’ Mike Sheppard and Phil Edwards have today announced that they will shortly begin work on a fourth new musical theatre piece, provisionally called ‘Angel’. It’s a hard-hitting modern morality tale that follows two young girls as they escape from the poverty of a London council estate and enter a world of glamour, fame and…

Body Count gets post-workshop ‘all clear’

Body Count gets post-workshop ‘all clear’ Following the London workshop of ‘Body Count’, Artemis invited New York dramaturge Anne Hamilton to carry out a forensic examination of the script and music. This is what she wrote in her final report: “First, I have to say, BRAVO, BRAVO, BRAVO!… [You have] an excellent cast of characters; a great premise; an excellent use…

Aurora Orchestra commissions Artemis

Aurora Orchestra commissions Artemis Mike Sheppard has been commissioned by the Aurora Orchestra and publishers Boosey & Hawkes to create four new arrangements of well-known pieces by the British composer Gerald Finzi. Several leading British composers have been invited to ‘re-imagine’ well-known works by Finzi, re-arranging and re-orchestrating them for a variety of solo instruments, including French Horn, Saxophone and…

‘Winging’ It!’ ready for take off

‘Winging’ It!’ ready for take off ‘Wingin’ It!’ — the latest musical from the writing team of Mike Sheppard and Phil Edwards tells the tale of a beatboxing teenage Nightingale Oscar Smallwing and his quest to fit in with his flock. The trouble is, he suffers with vertigo, so he can’t fly like the rest. He wants to impress the cute…

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