Welcome to the website of Ian Assersohn, an English composer and choral director whose music has been widely performed both in the UK and abroad. His work, which has won a number of prestigious awards, has been described as beautiful, haunting, and moving.

Armistice centenary
To help choirs mark the centenary of the Armistice, selected relevant original songs and arrangements are available as PDF files which may be printed and copied free of charge for performances during 2018.

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Featured works

Futility
Wilfred Owen's WW1 poem
for SATB choir a cappella

As the Rain Hides the Stars
Gaelic prayer
for SATB choir a cappella

The Pied Piper of Hamelin
Robert Browning's poem
for SATB and children's choirs with ensemble

What they say

"... effective and moving, with shapely melodic lines and effective harmonic control ... will appeal to both performers and audience..."
Alan Bullard, composer

"His setting of The Pied Piper is an unqualified success. It is full of memorable melodies and finely constructed harmony..."
David Hill, conductor of The Bach Choir

"...exquisite in its simplicity and accessibility. His scores are always carefully crafted and beautifully shaped to produce works of real depth and meaning. His setting of texts is outstanding as is his use of harmonic colour. Singers and directors alike are equally attracted to his compositional style."
Amy Bebbington, choral director

"It was an absolute delight to be a part of the premiere of your piece. I hope that everyone in the audience enjoyed listening to the concert as much as I enjoyed playing in it."
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