Gavin Higgins, Composer


Described as ‘boldly imaginative’ and ‘extraordinary’, Gavin Higgins has been consistently praised by critics for his distinct and visceral compositional style.

He has received substantial commissions for some of the country’s leading orchestras, including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Northern Sinfonia and the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain. He has also worked with soloists and ensembles including Mark Simpson, the Flotilla Saxophone Quartet, the Tredegar Town Band, Rambert Orchestra and the Fidelio Trio.

In 2010 he was appointed Rambert Dance Company’s Inaugural Music Fellow. This appointment led to What Wild Ecstasy, a collaboration with choreographer Mark Baldwin. The Guardian noted Gavin’s ‘blasting, warping score drives the choreography into an enjoyably wild kaleidoscope of apache dances, tango and ballet’. This work was commissioned as part of PRS New Music 20x12 and was nominated for a British Composer Award in the stage works category.

Higgins' works A Forest Symphony (2009) and Diversions after Benjamin Britten (2013) have also been nominated for the British Composer Awards. His new orchestral work Velocity was performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra as the opening piece to the Last Night of the Proms, 2014.

2015 saw the premiere of a new ballet, which combined Higgins’ brass band heritage with his growing catalogue of music for dance.  Dark Arteries is inspired by the miners’ strike of 1984-1985 and is the first ever ballet accompanied by brass band. Following unprecedented press success and a tour during Autumn 2015, Tredegar Town Band recorded Dark Arteries for CD and vinyl release. The disc won Brass Band World Magazine's 2015 CD of the Year.

Bright Ivy is delighted to provide full representation and management for Gavin Higgins. Please contact us for all performance enquiries.




Accomplished, stylish and gifted.

Classical Source

A dark, glittering sound palette.

The Guardian

Music of such ingenuity, flair and skill.

The Stage

Fast, exciting and brilliantly scored.

The Telegraph