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).