Ian Assersohn is a composer and choral director living in Surrey, England. His music has been described as “haunting”, "exquisite", "moving" and "beautiful" and has won praise from such luminaries of the choral world as John Rutter, Judith Weir, Bob Chilcott, Stephen Jackson, Alan Bullard, Brian Kay, and David Hill. His works have been widely performed both in the UK and abroad.

He has had great success in competition: he was winner of the 2016 Bach Choir composition competition, the 2010 Making Music competition, the 2014 Cornwall International Male Voice Festival composition competition (and highly commended in 2016), and the 2014 Nicola Dando Prize and was a finalist in the 2010 Waverley Care carol competition.

Ian’s music has been published by Novello, OUP and others, but most of his work is available through this website.

Armistice centenary. To help choirs to mark the centenary of the Armistice, appropriate individual settings and arrangements are available as PDF files which may be printed and copied free of charge for performances during 2018 only.

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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, and I fully recommend him" - 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." - Performer

Featured work: The Pied Piper of Hamelin
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