opensound: writing for brass instruments with Gavin Higgins


Free online workshop open to composers of all levels.

Gavin Higgins leads a session on writing for brass instruments

6-7pm including approx. 40 min talk with a Q&A session at the end. Please note that although we try to wrap-up opensound sessions by 7pm, they often run over by 5-10 mins.

Described as ‘boldly imaginative’ [the Times], ‘a talent to watch’ [New York Times] and ‘one of the most interesting voices of his generation‘ [Limelight], Gavin Higgins is one of Britains most exciting and gifted compositional talents.

Higgins was born in Gloucestershire (1983) and studied french horn and composition at Chetham’s School of Music, The Royal Northern College of Music, and the Royal College of Music.

In 2010 Higgins became the inaugural composer in residence for the Rambert Dance Company for whom he wrote a number of daring ballet scores including What Wild Ecstasy (2012) and the ground-breaking Dark Arteries (2015) which were shortlisted for Royal Philharmonic Society and British Composer Awards. In 2019 his first opera, The Monstrous Child, commissioned by the Royal Opera House, opened to critical acclaim, being described as ‘a triumph’ [the Guardian ★★★★] and ‘a spectacular new opera’ [Culture Whisper ★★★★] and in 2020 Higgins was appointed Composer-in-Association with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

Higgins has worked with orchestras and ensembles such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Psappha New Music Ensemble, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonie Zuidnederland and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

©2024 Gavin Higgins

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