Biography

Biography

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 Franz Liszt 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). Michael has collaborated with popular choirmaster Gareth Malone and appeared on the Queen’s Christmas Message in 2012, 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 and organ has been released by Convivium Records.


Michael studied organ with Andrew Fletcher, was Organ Scholar at Birmingham Metropolitan Cathedral, and is currently Director of Music at the Church of St John the Baptist, Wimbledon. 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 for television commercials and corporate films, including last year's Waitrose Christmas advert, and arrangements for the album ‘Voices’ released on the Decca label, the Classic BRIT awards, BBC Children in Need, the Royal Variety Performance and a new season of ‘It Takes a Choir’ for American television. Many of his choral and organ works are published by Novello, Kevin Mayhew Publishers and the Royal School of Church Music.