British composer Gavin Higgins makes his Royal Opera debut in the 2018/19 Season with his first opera The Monstrous Child.
Higgins was born in Gloucester, into a family of brass band musicians. He studied French Horn and Composition at Chethams School of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal College of Music, where he was taught by Gary Carpenter and Ken Hesketh. He has received commissions from orchestras and ensembles including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Manchester Camerata and London Sinfonietta. He has also worked with the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain, Fidelio Trio, The Carducci Quartet, Tredegar Town Band, RSNO, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and ensemble 10:10. Significant commissions include The Book of Miracles for Helen Vollam and the BBC Symphony Orchestra; Der Aufstand for the 2012 BBC Proms and Velocity for the 2014 Last Night of the BBC Proms; the piano trio The Ruins of Detroit, commissioned by the Britten-Pears Foundation and performed by the Fidelio Trio at Cheltenham Festival; Dark Arteries for Rambert Dance Company; and Tänze for the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Higgins was appointed Rambert Dance Company’s Inaugural Musical Fellow in 2010, writing ballet scores including What Wild Ecstasy (2012) and the award winning Dark Arteries (2015). Higgins has received BASCA nominations for A Forest Symphony (2009), What Wild Ecstasy (2012), Diversions after Benjamin Britten (2013) and The Ruins of Detroit (2015), and an RPS Music Award nomination for Dark Arteries. The premiere recording of Dark Arteries won several awards including British Bandsman CD of the Year Award and Brass Band World CD Award.