Shorter House is proud to publish works by talented emerging composers alongside traditional and established names.

Selected works by the following composers are published exclusively by Shorter House.


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Simon Biazeck (b. 1966) is a Melbourne born professional tenor soloist equally at home in Grand Opera, Lieder and English Song, Early Music and contemporary performance art. Since moving to London in the mid 1990’s composition of choral works and editing of Renaissance Polyphony has flourished alongside opera and song, with appearances in the Aldeburgh Festival, Wigmore Hall and the Royal Opera House lunchtime recital series. The London Oratory Senior Choir regularly sings his editions of works by Nicolas Gombert on whose oeuvre his research into musica ficta and polyphony of the High Renaissance has centered. His choral works have been performed by The Tudor Choristers and The Canterbury Fellowship (Melbourne) the London Oratory School Schola (for whom he has written a number of commissions), the choirs of the London Oratory, St. John's, Hampstead and St. Bride's, Fleet Street.

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Daniel Burges (b. 1975) was born in Kent and has been a choral singer since primary school. After entering the Kent Youth Choir in 1990, Daniel sang in several chamber and University choirs, before moving to London in 1997 and joining the internationally renowned Vasari Singers. Daniel’s compositions are predominantly sacred choral settings with a distinctly modern harmonic style. Several of Daniel’s works have been commissioned and premiered by the Vasari Singers, including the Responses, which are in regular use in several chapel and chamber choirs in England.

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Hilary Campbell (b. 1983) is currently studying Choral Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music having previously gained a distinction for her MA in Vocal Studies at the University of York and an Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Performance at Trinity College of Music. She has won awards in competitions including the Musica Sacra Composer’s Competition, Shipley Arts Festival Composer Award, Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society Choral Composition Prize and Philip Bates Prize for Young Composers. Her work has been performed across Europe and the UK by major choirs such as Trinity College Cambridge (conducted by Stephen Layton), and has also been workshopped by the BBC Symphony Chorus. She has been commissioned by Choir and Organ Magazine and by choirs in the UK and Holland and, in 2008, she became Composer in Residence for the Ebor Singers. Hilary is also a singer and conductor and undertook the mentor scheme with The Sixteen in 2009. She is MD of Harpenden Music Makers, the Blossom Street Singers and the King William Singers and Orchestra and has conducted for TV and Radio broadcasts.

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John Duggan (b. 1963) was a chorister at Westminster Cathedral before reading music at Oxford University, where he also played drums in jazz and pop bands and developed an interest in electronic music. He has written for choirs including Commotio, Westminster Cathedral Choir and East Oxford Community Choir, and has written commissions for the Edington Music Festival, Crossover Intergenerational Dance Group, Oxford Youth Dance and The Oxford-Grenoble Association. In 2006 John co-founded Oxford-based choir Sospiri with Chris Watson. Sospiri specialises in liturgical singing of plainsong and sings Latin Vespers at Merton College each term, as well as performing regular concerts. Since 2007 John has written a series of settings of World War I poetry, a number of which were recorded by Commotio and included in their disk; Night (released by Herald, 2007). A more recent set was recorded by Sospiri for a disk titled Requiem (The Gift of Music, 2010).

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Andrew Earis (b. 1976) is Director of Music of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square, where he directs all the Church Music programmes at this busy Central London church. He is a graduate of the Royal College of Music and Imperial College, London, and holds a PhD from the University of Manchester. In addition to his duties at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Andrew is Director of Music of St Sepulchre-without-Newgate, the National Musicians’ Church in the City of London. He works regularly for BBC Television and Radio as a conductor, organist and music advisor.

Photo of Catherine Kontz

Catherine Kontz (b. 1976) was born in Luxembourg but now lives and works in London. She studied composition with Roger Redgate, the piano with John Tilbury and Michele Ries and the cello with Ivan Andrews. In 2008, she was awarded a PhD in Composition by Goldsmiths College, University of London. Catherine is an experimental composer who uses a mix of traditional and graphic scoring methods and works in a variety of genres including contemporary opera and performance art. She has composed works for voice, toy pianos, massed harps, orchestra and the glass harmonica. She is an active performer and one half of critically acclaimed experimental pop duo French For Cartridge. Catherine has been commissioned for new works by Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Rational Rec/London, Chetham’s School of Music, Centre National de L’Audiovisuel/Luxembourg and Banque Centrale de Luxembourg. Her work has been performed extensively throughout Europe.

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Emma Gibbins (b. 1978) began her musical career as organ scholar at Pembroke College, Cambridge, subsequently holding organ scholar posts at St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Southwell Minster, during which time she was awarded the ARCO diploma. She studied for an MMus in organ performance at the Royal College of Music, before spending a number of years working in and around London: as Director of Music at High Wycombe Parish Church, Associate Organist at St. Sepulchre-without-Newgate, in the City of London, Director of a newly formed Girls’ choir at Brentwood Cathedral in Essex and accompanist of the South West London Choral Society. She relocated to Northern Ireland in August 2008 to take up the position of Director of Music at St. George’s Church in Belfast. She has played harpsichord and organ with the Ulster Orchestra and is also active as an organ and piano teacher in Belfast and Armagh.

Photo of Philip Moore

Philip Moore (b. 1943) studied at the Royal College of Music in London where he won the Walford Davies Prize for Organ Playing and the Limpus, Turpin, and Read Prizes in the Royal College of Organists’ exams. He holds a Bachelor in Music degree from the University of Durham and, more recently, he was awarded Honorary Fellowships by the Royal School of Church Music, the Guild of Church Musicians, and the Academy of St Cecilia for his services to Church Music. After graduation, he taught at Eton College, moving to Canterbury Cathedral in 1968 as Assistant Organist, and in 1974 to Guildford as Organist and Master of the Choristers. In 1983 he became Organist and Master of the Music at York Minster, succeeding Dr Francis Jackson. When he retired from the Minster in 2008 he was appointed Organist Emeritus, and the Archbishop of York awarded him the Order of St William, an honour entirely within his gift. As a composer, he has written extensively, primarily music for choir and organ, but also music for chamber ensembles

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Anthony Mudge (b. 1974) was born in France and has sung in various choirs since attending school in East Anglia. He has written music in a broad range of classical forms including symphonies, canticles, piano pieces and chamber music, but choral works dominate his output.  He has a particular interest in Latin motets and Gregorian chant, with French neoclassicism and Bruckner foremost among his influences.  Anthony's works have been performed in Norwich and Ripon cathedrals, Paisley Abbey and in Edinburgh, where he now lives.

Photo of David Orr

David Orr (b. 1977) read Music at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa. After his Master's degree he taught for some years in independent schools before being appointed Director of Music at St George's Anglican Cathedral in Cape Town, with responsibility for the cathedral's overall programme of both liturgical and secular music. He returned to independent education in April 2013 and is now Head of Music and Head of Culture at Epworth School in Pietermaritzburg. His compositions are mainly choral, many of them written for specific occasions or for the particular choirs he has worked with.

Fancis Pott

Francis Pott (b. 1957) was a chorister at New College and held music scholarships at Winchester and Cambridge, studying composition at the latter with Robin Holloway and Hugh Wood and the piano with Hamish Milne. He was John Bennett Lecturer in Music at St Hilda’s College for nine years before becoming Head of Composition at London College of Music, Thames Valley University, later heading Research Development across the whole Faculty of Arts and in 2007 being appointed to the University’s first Chair of Composition. In demand as a pianist, he has received national awards as a composer and in 1997 gained First Prize in the second S. S. Prokofiev International Composing Competition in Moscow. In 1999 his oratorio A Song on the End of the World was the nationally acclaimed Elgar commission of the Three Choirs Festival. His works have been heard in over twenty countries, broadcast on both sides of the Atlantic and in the Czech Republic, issued extensively on CD and published by major houses in the UK.

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