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The passing of composer Laura Shur

We are sad to report that composer Laura Shur died recently.

Born and raised in Glasgow, Laura studied at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music, and graduated with a Diploma in Musical Education. She then took further study at Jordanhill Teacher Training College to gain a School Teaching Diploma and also gained the ARCM (Associate of the Royal College of Music) in piano performance.

She has spent her life mainly teaching, both in high schools and at the Royal Scottish Academy as well as with private students. However she also maintained a performing career, enjoying a debut at the Royal Festival Hall, and several BBC broadcasts as a soloist as well as working with chamber ensembles. Her over 50 compositions have been published by a number of companies including Universal, Novello and others. Several of her pieces for piano six-hands and piano duets were included in Trinity College of Music’s syllabus – Trinity also commissioned 20 of her Trios.

Laura Shur’s song ‘The Smile’, performed by contralto Georgina Colwell with pianist Nigel Foster, was included in the album ‘Lights Out’ produced for the English Poetry and Song Society and released in 2017 (Diversions DDV 24165).

Four English Poetry and Song Society Recordings

The EPSS has supported the long and vibrant tradition of English art-song for many years.

These EPSS recordings were made on portable recording equipment and with less than ideal microphone placement and are not to our usual modern standard. However, they contain fine performances and many very unfamiliar and exquisite songs, which will delight any lover of late-Romantic vocal music

Shropshire Lads

Settings of the poems of A.E. Housman by E.J. Moeran, Arthur Somervell, Arnold Bax, Benjamin Burrows, Brian Daubney, Margaret Wegener, Clive Pollard, Calvin Bowman and Stephen Duro. Plus the five excellent finalists in the EPSS competition of 2006.

Songs of Dorset

Here we have fine settings of Thomas Hardy and the dialect poems of William Barnes from Gerald Finzi, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Arthur Somervell, Clive Carey, Roger Lord, Alison Edgar, Judith Bailey and Brian Daubney. Works by the five finalists in the EPSS competition of 2001 are also included.

The Great War

Some of the best known and most moving of English poetry came from the horrors of the 1914-8 war. Here texts by Siegried Sassoon, A.E. Housman, Rupert Brooke, F.W. Harvey and more in settings by Ivor Gurney, Geraint Lewis, John Ireland, Geoffrey Kimpton, Margaret Wegener, John R. Williamson, Duncan Reid, Dennis Wickens, Elaine Hugh-Jones and Jerome Kern. Works by the seven finalists in the 2004 EPSS competition are included.

Lights Out

A wide ranging recital of art songs from Henry Purcell, E.J. Moeran, Ivor Gurney, Sulyen Caradon, Samuel Wesley, Jeffrey Whitton, Sarah Rodgers, Alison Edgar and Laura Shur.