TOM HIGGINS - Conductor
noted for his ‘stylish and attentive conducting’, Tom Higgins studied at the
Guildhall School of Music and Drama, winning a silver medal with honours in
his first year. He continued his conducting studies with James Lockhart,
formerly Music Director of the Kassel Opera House in
has regularly conducted leading British orchestras and during a four-year
made his German debut in 2003 when he conducted the New Year’s Day Concert
In May 1999 he released through the BBC Music Magazine the world premiere recording of Sir Arthur Sullivan’s last completed work for the stage – The Rose of Persia. Chosen by The Observer as ‘Classical CD of the Week’, it features the Hanover Band. The CD was recently re-issued by CPO - (‘It is very good with excellent playing under Tom Higgins caught in good clean sound’ – Opera Magazine).
In 2009 he recorded a revival of Elgar’s, long forgotten song cycle,
The Fringes of the Fleet (SOMMCD 243) with the noted baritone, Roderick Williams and
the Guildford Philharmonic Orchestra. This was the work’s first professional
recording since Elgar’s own in 1917. It drew wide critical acclaim and became
CD of the Week. (‘This is a superb performance’ – Michael
Kennedy ~ ‘Wonderfully done!’ - Jerrold Northrop Moore). Tom Higgins
later directed a private performance of the work for the Queen and Duke of
His most recent recording, The Crown Imperial (SOMMCD 0138) also became Classic FM’s Featured Album of the Week. It is a collection of marches for 20th-century British Coronations and was recorded with the newly-formed London Symphonic Concert Band of which Tom Higgins is the director. The CD was released in July 2014.
2000 he was awarded a Diploma of
Honour by the International Robert Stolz Society of
2002 to 2011 he was Resident Music Director of Opera South and conducted 10
main productions. During the greater part of this time he worked on a number
of rare operas, attaining highly-praised performances - (‘Tom Higgins drew firm polished playing
In 2011 he conducted a concert at the Royal Academy of Music which celebrated the life of the late Sir Charles Mackerras. In the same year he broadcast Montague Phillips’, A Surrey Suite as part of the BBC’s Light Fantastic Festival with the Linden Wind Orchestra.
In addition to his concert work, he assisted Sir Charles Mackerras in the reconstruction of Sullivan’s ‘Cello Concerto and has also created a portfolio of solos for the international violinist, Midori. She premiered one of these works with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in February 2006.
He is co-founder of the Richmond Symphonic Concert Band and in 2012 became joint-founder and artistic director of Teddington Summer Music – a new music festival for South West London.
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Tom Higgins is represented by Michael Letchford ~ Goar Lodge, Smith’s Green, Takeley, Bishop’s Stortford, Herts.
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