Michael Higgins

Michael Higgins
Pianist

Michael Higgins  studied piano with Margaret Newman at the Birmingham Conservatoire, and at the Royal Academy of Music, London, with Iain Ledingham and 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.

Regularly performing throughout the United Kingdom, Europe and further afield, he has given concerto performances with the New London Soloists Orchestra at St Martin in the Fields and worked with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain conducted by Daniel Barenboim and Gustavo Dudamel (BBC Proms). In 2012, he toured New Zealand supported by the British Council which enabled him to give recitals and lead workshops in schools damaged by the earthquakes in Christchurch.  Michael regularly collaborates with Gareth Malone and has filmed a new season of ‘It Takes a Choir’ for USA television, as well as recording the album ‘Voices’ released on the Decca label. He also appeared on the Queen’s Christmas Message accompanying the Military Wives Choir filmed at Buckingham Palace.

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 released by Naxos. A recording of his arrangement of Fauré’s ‘Requiem’ for string quintet has recently been released by Convivium Records.

Michael studied organ with Andrew Fletcher, was Organ Scholar at Birmingham Metropolitan Cathedral, and is now Director of Music at the Church of St John the Baptist, Wimbledon where he has founded two thriving choirs for adults and children. He accompanies the Wimbledon Choral Society and the National Children’s Choir of Great Britain.

As a composer and arranger he has answered a number of commissions including songs for a set of educational books published in Singapore, arrangements for various projects with Gareth Malone including ‘Voices’, the Classic BRIT awards, BBC Children in Need and the Royal Variety Performance. Many of his choral and organ works are published by Novello and Kevin Mayhew Publishers.

 

 

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