The music of Ian Assersohn

Ian Assersohn (b. 1958) is an award-winning composer, arranger, workshop leader and choral director whose works are widely performed both in the UK and abroad.

His music is prized by performers and audiences alike for its accessible style, appealing melodic and harmonic invention and sensitive approach to word-setting.


Ian's music is characterised by appealing melodic and harmonic invention, careful structuring and skilful and original setting of texts. By turns beautiful and haunting, or energetic and rhythmical it is always approachable and enjoyed by performers and audiences alike.

His large-scale works include: Dies Irae, a cantata of remembrance for three choirs, soloists and orchestra, The Pied Piper of Hamelin, an entertainment for adult and children’s choirs first performed by The Bach Choir, Air and Angels for baritone solo, choir, brass quintet, timpani and piano, and Ionian Mass, a secular work for mixed choir and piano. He has also written a wide variety of smaller-scale original works and arrangements for choirs of all types.

Ian is published by OUP and Novello, among others, and his music appears in a number of anthologies including The Oxford Book Of Easy Flexible Anthems, The Novello Book of British Folksongs and The Oxford Book of Flexible Choral SongsThe rest is published by Apple Tree Music and is available to buy on this site


To celebrate the publication by OUP of As The Rain Hides The Stars in January 2021, the featured video is, well, that.

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