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The Composers’ Fund: Gavin Higgins

The Composers’ Fund: Gavin Higgins

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Described as ‘boldly imaginative’ and ‘extraordinary’, Gavin Higgins has been consistently praised by critics for his distinct and visceral compositional style. The Gloucester born composer comes from a long lineage of brass band musicians, dating back to 1895. Growing up in the Forest of Dean, he followed an initial musical training in the family brass band, with studies of french horn and composition at Chethams School of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal College of Music with Gary Carpenter and Ken Hesketh. In 2010 he was appointed Rambert Dance Company’s Inaugural Music Fellow. This appointment has led to the ‘blasting, warping score’ (The Guardian) of, What Wild Ecstasy, and more recently the innovative and ambitious Dark Arteries.

The funding will be used to pay for a suitable workspace. Due to the high price of living costs in London it’s impossible for most composers to afford a spare room or office in which to work, as such Gavin has been working in his bedroom since moving to London 8 years ago.

‘Prophecies’ will be premiered at the European Brass Band Championships in March 2017 and ‘Gursky Landscapes’ will be premiered at Cheltenham Festival in 2018.


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