Michael Higgins studied piano with Margaret Newman at the Birmingham Conservatoire, and at the Royal Academy of Music, London, with Julius Drake. He was awarded the Joseph Weingarten Memorial Trust Scholarship and completed his studies with Kálmán Dráfi at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest. He has worked with the National Children’s Choir of Great Britain for 11 years.
Abroad, Michael has toured with singers and instrumentalists in Germany, Hungary, Italy, Australia and New Zealand and regularly performs throughout the United Kingdom. He has worked with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain conducted by Eric Whitacre and Gustavo Dudamel, given concerto performances with the New London Soloists Orchestra at St Martin in the Fields and has recently returned from a concert tour of New Zealand supported by the British Council which included workshops in schools damaged by the earthquakes in Christchurch. Recordings include ‘Waves’ with flautist Averil Williams (Fine Arts Music), ‘Hugh Benham: A Triumph Song’ (Convivium Records) and he was producer for a disc of choral music by Jonathan Dove recently released by Naxos.
Michael studied organ with Andrew Fletcher and is Director of Music at the Church of St John the Baptist, Wimbledon. He accompanies the Wimbledon Choral Society, the National Children’s Choir of Great Britain and regularly works on projects with Gareth Malone from the BBC series ‘The Choir’.
As a composer, he has answered a number of commissions, including songs for a set of educational books published in Singapore, and many of his choral and organ works are published worldwide by Kevin Mayhew Publishers.