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Laura Shur

Pianist : Teacher : Composer

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London, Greater London, United Kingdom
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Education
  1. Royal Scottish Academy of Music (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland)
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Pianist and Composer

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Background

Summary

Born and educated in Glasgow, Laura Shur studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music (now renamed Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), and graduated with a Diploma in Musical Education.She then took further study at Jordanhill Teacher Training College to gain a School Teaching Diploma. The same year she gained the ARCM in piano performance and LRAM in piano teaching.

She has given many piano recitals,including a debut at the Royal Festival Hall and BBC broadcasts,as well as ensemble playing with Scotia Trio and Four Hands in Harmony Duo.

Her extensive teaching career includes class singing,and music up to "A" level standard in schools in Glasgow and London; piano tuition at the RSAM,in schools and privately.

She has given lectures at ISM and EPTA conferences,and had articles published by Music Teacher, ISM, EPTA, SMA and ABRSM Journals.

Her first compositions were pieces for six hands at one piano,written for piano pupils,which Novello published in 1984 as the first of the successful series Tunes for Three

She now has over 50 publications for piano solo,duet and trio,woodwind,strings,vocal and choral works.

Her publishers are Novello (Music Sales), Universal, Spartan Press, Alry, Lawson Gould, Warner, Alfred and Lindsay Music, and her works have been performed worldwide.

She resides in London,and her time is divided between composing,lecturing and teaching

Experience

Pianist and Composer

Self-employed

Publications

BLACK MAGIC(Link)

Spartan Press

A beginner's book on black keys only, including some duet and trio ( 6 hands 1 Piano) repertoire.

"Something a little different,which will appeal to beginners" - Music Business.

"Needless to say, Miss Shur's arrangements are always economical, resourceful and imaginative" -- Epta Piano Journal

DECK THE HALL(Link)

Universal Edition

Deck the Hall
10 Carol Transcriptions including a pull-out supplement of the words.

Subtitle: Piano Transcriptions of Ten Favourite Carols
Scored piano
Arranger: Laura Shur
Table of Contents: Deck the hall; Ding dong! merrily on high; Silent night; The holly and the ivy; O little town of Bethlehem; Once in Royal David's City; Good King Wenceslas; We three kings; The first Noel; O come, all ye faithful

"The words of the first verse are added to a piano part,and the second verse is an imaginative,rhapsodical transcription. Impressive. Gde 5-8" - EPTA Piano Journal

"I recommend these to anyone who enjoys noodling around familiar tunes,but who can't devise their own noodles. Subtle textures" - Music Teacher

SIGHTREADING FOLK(Link)

Spartan Press

SIGHTREADING FOLK Grades 1-5
Each book of worldwide folksongs is progressively graded according to the requirements of most exam syllabi,and includes a page of tips on sightreading,a quiz page,and a glossary of all music terms given.

"Too many of today's children do not seem to know folk songs.This collection is an answer to that problem.Miss Shur has arranged short folk songs from Britain, America, Japan, Slovakia etc. The pieces give tasteful fingering at crucial points,and are highly recommended." - Piano Guild Notes

"Laura Shur's excellent series not only provides initial sightreading practice,but a collection of attractive pieces,sure to instil an early appreciation of the world's folk heritage.Needless to say,all the pieces are attractively arranged with lots of interest in both hands. Delicious harmonies." - Epta Piano Journal

KEYS FOR TWO Series - 4 Books of graded piano duets(Link)

Spartan Press

KEYS FOR TWO Series - 4 Books of graded piano duets

Beginner Keys for Two - an introduction to duet playing

"Teachers faced with two complete beginners at once,should investigate Laura Shur's Beginner Keys for Two,a mixture of music games,rhythm clapping,rounds and counting games with some scope for improvising and composing....The book is irreproachable,with unpatronising wording allowing beginner adults to join in too" - Music Teacher

Keys for Two Books 1,2,3.
"Laura Shur's excellent collections contain Polka to Rag, Waltz to Reel......the tuneful melodies,pleasing harmonies and snazzy rhythms make these duets a delightful challenge. Sheer fun for ensembles looking for imaginative material with a bit of flair" - Epta Piano Journal

"These Pieces would make wonderful recital repertoire as well as supplementary ensemble literature" - Clavier

Nine of the above duets are used in the Trinity/Guildhall Exam Syllabus; Piano Duet Section; Foundation and Intermediate Certificates.

NEGRO SPIRITUAL FANTASY(Link)

Alfred Music Publishing (previously pub Belwin Mills / Warner)
1995

A one movement piece incorporating 5 Spirituals. It features in the Advanced Certificate Duets for Trinity/Guildhall Piano Exam Syllabus.

This work includes five familiar spirituals: Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot * Nobody Knows the Trouble Ive Seen, Little David Play on Your Harp, Let My People Go. Each pianist has equal opportunity with melody lines.

"Jericho, Swing Low, Little David,Let my people go,and Nobody knows the trouble form the basis of this warmly appealing Fantasy.These melodies are very cleverly worked into the constantly varied textures of the piece, with both players being given very equal and satisfying parts.This duet will be bound to find its way into many duettists repertoire" - Epta Piano Journal

Available through the following links:

http://www.boosey.com/shop/prod/Shur-Laura-Negro-Spiritual-Fantasy-piano-4-hands/2067155

http://alfreduk.fabermusic.com/Negro-Spiritual-Fantasy-PA9523.aspx

EASY PIANOEL - Part of the Pianoel Series of 3 graded Christmas Carols books for solo or duet(Link)

Spartan Press

Nine carols from Britain and abroad--Grade 1-2

Each carol has directions for playing both as a duet or solo

"Laura Shur's ingenious solo/duet formula,whereby certain carols may be played as solos, or counterpointed with others as witty duets,is most effective. Highly recommended" - Music Teacher

PIANOEL(Link)

Spartan Press

Eight carols for Duet or Solo - Grade 2-3

"The arrangements are,as to be expected, very satisfying musically with many felicitous harmonic, rhythmic and imitative touches.It takes a touch of genius to discover that different carols work very well in harmony with each other.This book will give much pleasure at Christmas" - EPTA Piano Journal.

"The punningly titled PIANOEL is great fun for Grade 2-3 duettists,and most ingeniously compiled.Not content with arranging God rest ye,Silent Night,Mary had a Baby, and Child of the Manger either as duets or solos,Laura Shur then combines In Dulci Jubilo with I saw three Ships, and Good King Wenceslas with O little Town to provide four more possible solos and/or 2 short (or extended) duets.Buy the album since it is most entertaining and very good value. Highly Recommended" - Music Teacher

MORE PIANOEL(Link)

Spartan Press

Grades 3-4

A third volume of Christmas carols from Miss Shur, More Pianoel is designed to be played as either duets or solos.

"This collection could easily be enjoyed by advanced pupils considering the ensemble challenges. Just another book of carols, you say? Ah, but wait! More distinctive than most,there are two examples of ingeniously paired carols - two different solos,which can be brought together as a duet. Once again the composer's engaging harmonies and beautifully clear part writing are evident throughout ... even the secondo parts played on their own are attractive - a rarity in any duet collection" - EPTA Piano Journal

Fourteen pieces from the Pianoel Series are in the Three gradings of the Piano Duet category of Trinity/Guildhall Exam Syllabus.

TUNES FOR THREE Books 1-4 of graded ease(Link)

Novello & Co Ltd.

"Laura Shur, an experienced duo-pianist herself, knows well how to write piano ensemble,so that each of the three very young pianists has an interesting part to play.Highly recommended" - EPTA Piano Journal

"Excellent little pieces for Juniors at one piano. Fingered.Well recommended for Festival use. Grade 1-2" - Music Teacher

Novello & Co. Ltd is now part of now part of Music Sales Group

Publisher Novello & Co Ltd.
Catalogue No. NOV100272

MORE TUNES FOR THREE(Link)

Novello & Co. Ltd

"Just hot from the Press , this volume provides a welcome addition to the six hand repertoire. Miss SHUR gives us five beautifully contrasted pieces,and taken great care in making each part interesting.No.1 staccato for a Rainy Afternoon,No.2 a little Waltz, No.3 syncopated Minor for a Sad Day, No.4 a lively Clapping Song ---rhythmically exciting, No. 5 a Calypso all on black keys.Good Festival pieces here. Grade 1-2" - EPTA Piano Journal

CHRISTMAS TUNES FOR THREE(Link)

Novello & Co. Ltd.

These Triets are designed to give each player an equal opportunity in the performance of ensemble music in the early grades.

There are six very popular carols,with a great deal of musical interest in each part. The melody of We Three Kings is very nicely shared between Primo and Secondo, and Masters in this Hall is cleverly treated as a three part canon.Pianists will have to be of Grade 3 standard for successful performance" - EPTA Piano Journal

CONCERT TUNES FOR THREE(Link)

Novello & Co. Ltd

"Highly recommended,and great fun to play.These delightful pieces are excellently written to encourage musical ensemble playing. Some are lyrical,some are snappy,but they all develop a sharp rhythmical ability,and a good ear - do have a go with some friends! - S.M.A. Journal

"A real godsend to both those setting Music Festival Syllabuses,and those taking part. Grade 3-4" -- Music Teacher

"It consists of 5 pieces in varying styles,and I particularly liked Tropical Breeze in 5/4 time.This book will provide a lot of enjoyment" - ISM Journal

Eighteen Pieces from the above 4 books are part of the repertoire for the 3 graded Trio exams of the
Trinity/Guildhall Piano Syllabus www.trinityguidhall.co.uk/music

GREENSLEEVES (one of seven extra pieces listed here and below of piano trios commissioned by Trinity/Guildhall for their 2012 Exam Syllabus).(Link)

Universal Edition

For download only from musicnotes.com

DANCE OF THE SUGAR-PLUM FAIRY arr. Laura Shur(Link)

Universal Edition

Peter Iljitsch Tchaikowsky
Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy

Remarks: for download only from musicnotes.com

MAPLE LEAF RAG for Intermediate Certificate(Link)

PEACOCK PRESS

Scott Joplin, arr.Laura Shur
INTERMEDIATE CERTIFICATE

JESU JOY OF MAN'S DESIRING - J.S. Bach, arr.Laura Shur(Link)

PEACOCK PRESS

"Clever arrangements of JESU JOY of MAN'S DESIRING and GOLLIWOG'S CAKEWALK, and excellent ensemble material for pupils" - Epta Piano Professional

"The pieces give each player an equal amount of Solo and Accompanying sections,enabling the ensemble to show their musicianship to its full potential.They are also great fun! Well worth a try" ---Epta Piano Journal

"These arrangements faithfully reproduce the essence of the original music,with an even spread of interest and difficulty between the parts. Playing in ensemble can encourage pupils to improve their abiliy to balance tone, control tempo, and play as part of a team. For some shy players,it might help them overcome their diffidence. It's good fun too" - Music Teacher

GOLLIWOG'S CAKE WALK - C.Debussy - arr.L.Shur(Link)

PEACOCK PRESS

"Clever arrangements of JESU JOY of MAN'S DESIRING and GOLLIWOG'S CAKEWALK, and excellent ensemble material for
pupils" --Epta Piano Professional

"The pieces give each player an equal amount of Solo and Accompanying sections,enabling the ensemble to show their musicianship to its full potential.They are also great fun! Well worth a try" ---Epta Piano Journal

"These arrangements faithfully reproduce the essence of the original music,with an even spread of interest and difficulty between the parts Playing in ensemble can encourage pupils to improve their abiliy to balance tone,control tempo,and play as part of a team.For some shy players,it might help them overcome their diffidence.It's good fun too" --Music Teacher

CLAIR DE LUNE - C.Debussy - arr.L.Shur(Link)

PEACOCK PRESS

"Clever arrangements of JESU JOY of MAN'S DESIRING and GOLLIWOG'S CAKEWALK, and excellent ensemble material for
pupils" --Epta Piano Professional

"The pieces give each player an equal amount of Solo and Accompanying sections,enabling the ensemble to show their musicianship to its full potential.They are also great fun! Well worth a try" ---Epta Piano Journal

"These arrangements faithfully reproduce the essence of the original music,with an even spread of interest and difficulty between the parts Playing in ensemble can encourage pupils to improve their abiliy to balance tone,control tempo,and play as part of a team.For some shy players,it might help them overcome their diffidence.It's good fun too" --Music Teacher

THE CLOG DANCE - Laura Shur(Link)

PEACOCK PRESS

"The pieces give each player an equal amount of Solo and Accompanying sections,enabling the ensemble to show their musicianship to its full potential.They are also great fun! Well worth a try" ---Epta Piano Journal

"These arrangements faithfully reproduce the essence of the original music,with an even spread of interest and difficulty between the parts Playing in ensemble can encourage pupils to improve their abiliy to balance tone,control tempo,and play as part of a team.For some shy players,it might help them overcome their diffidence.It's good fun too" --Music Teacher

NOTHIN' FANCY (INSTRUMENTAL)(Link)

Phylloscopus (Spartan Press)

for 2 FL. and Piano; or FL.,Ob., and Piano, or 2 Ob. and Piano
(Winner of Music Teacher/ A & C Black competition )

LAMENT and LEGACY (INSTRUMENTAL)(Link)

Phylloscopus (Spartan Press)

for OB. and Piano, or (Clarinet or Flute) and Piano

REVERIE and RAG (INSTRUMENTAL)(Link)

Phylloscopus (Spartan Press)

for BASSOON (or FL. / Ob.) and Piano

SKETCHES (INSTRUMENTAL)(Link)

ALRY Publications, USA

for Concert or Alto Flute

"These five short pieces were written for a flautist friend of the composer....tuneful and lighthearted in style,they have an appealing quality that young players might enjoy" - Pan Journal

GENTLE INTO THE NIGHT (INSTRUMENTAL)(Link)

ALRY Publications, USA

for 2 FL.,Ob., and Piano

"Flexible 2nd and 3rd parts (Fl. 2 could be Oboe or Clarinet,and 3rd part could be Bassoon),so a useful selection for concerts by Grade 5+ players. Some top register work for the 1st Part in ELEGY,NOCTURNE and RAGTIME. ELEGY, without piano, has some nice interweaving between parts, and HIGHLANDIA takes us through the Scottish mists with plenty of drone notes and Scottish snaps. A plaintive final piece in 7/4 conveys its title YEARNING. A handy album for teachers looking for ensemble material using Piano" - Pan Journal

THE BELLS OF CHRISTMAS EVE (Dingalingalong) (CHORAL)(Link)

Lindsay Music

Unison with optional 2nd part and Piano

COME YOU NOT FROM NEWCASTLE? (CHORAL)(Link)

Lindsay Music

arr. for SSA and Piano

STANDIN' IN THE NEED OF PRAYER (CHORAL)(Link)

Lindsay Music

arr. for SSAA and Piano

VIVA LA MUSICA (CHORAL)

Lomond

for SSA
( First Prizewinner of SMA Composers Competition)

"VIVA LA MUSICA is an unaccompanied 3 part song,a setting of the words Viva la Musica. It is a most effective piece with the predominant 5/4 metre giving a very lively rhythmic swing. The 3 parts enter one at a time,each with its own thematic material,and are eventually all combined.The central section contains an 8 part Round in Triple time. A highly effective piece,which will always be enjoyed by a choir who are capable of a tight rhythmic control" - Satips Journal

THE RUMBA BAND (CHORAL)

For SA

SHALOM YERUSHALAYIM (CHORAL)

For SA and piano

THE OCEAN WAS BLUE (CHORAL)

for SA and Piano

"An imaginative 2 part song which deals with the environmental issues about sea pollution,and contains a very strong message,as we face the future of our planet. The partwriting is straightforward and effective, and ends with a rejoicing Alleluya. A most enjoyable song for young voices." - Satips Journal

WHEN I AM DEAD,MY DEAREST (CHORAL)

for SSA and Piano
Words: C.Rossetti

MASTERS IN THIS HALL (CHORAL)

arr.for SSAA

DING DONG MERRILY ON HIGH (CHORAL)

arr. for SSAA

"I have used this arrangement with 10-11 year olds,who found it hard at first, but once they had mastered it,wanted to sing it all the time. It is a clever piece: 3 part introduction mimics the sound of bells,and the well known carol tune is used as an anchor for the verses. All children get a chance to sing the tune (very important for young ones) It works a treat, being enjoyed by performers and audience alike" - Satips Journal

AT THE MIDHOUR OF NIGHT (CHORAL)

arr.for SSAA

THE JUMBLIES (CHORAL)

for SSAA and Piano. Words Ed. LEAR

A WEE DRAPPIE (CHORAL)

for SATB

DE OL' ARK'S A-MOVERIN' (CHORAL)

arr. for SATB

JABBERWOCKY (CHORAL)

for SATB

THE GRAND OLD DUKE OF YORK (CHORAL)

arr.SATB

COME LASSES AND LADS (CHORAL)

arr.for SATB

THE LAIRD O'COCKPEN (CHORAL)

arr. for SATB and Piano

JOHN HENRY (CHORAL)

arr. for SATB and piano

Skills

  • Pianist
  • Piano Performance
  • Piano Education
  • Music Composition

Education

Royal Scottish Academy of Music (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland)

RSAM

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