A Diverse Collection of Piano Solos
The first piano album from British composer Ian Higginson, whose extensive catalogue of choral music – "expertly crafted, imaginative, practical", according to John Rutter – is already popular with choirs around the world
Published by Parish Publications
The cover shows the colourful interior of one of Forsyth's Schimmel Konzert K195T grand pianos!
This is the second book in the "Sound Colours" series, a collection of ten new and diverse piano solos, which seek to explore a great deal of tonal variety and different styles from the pen of this prolific composer.
Please do listen to the short sound clips below that have been selected to give you a taster!
March of the Sultan
REVIEWS & FEATURES
'Reflections' is reproduced in full, with a full-page profile of the composer, in International Piano, January/February 2021, pp. 51-55.
IAN HIGGINSON - Composer - Conductor - Organist - Music Teacher
Ian Higginson was born on the Wirral, Merseyside and moved to Gloucestershire in 1983. His positions have included Organist & Director of Music for the University of Gloucestershire, School Organist & tutor in piano and organ at St. Edward's School Cheltenham, Organist and Assistant Director of Music for the Cathedral Singers of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford and tutor in piano at Sir William Romney School, Tetbury.
In addition, Ian is also the conductor to one of Cheltenham's leading chamber Choirs - JUBILATE CHAMBER CHOIR, Cirencester Philharmonia, English Concertante Orchestra and Cotswold Camerata.
Ian is active as an organist, conductor, accompanist, examiner and music teacher. He is also in great demand as a composer and has written numerous choral, organ, vocal and instrumental works, which have been widely performed in the UK and in the USA. Some of Ian's vocal and instrumental works have also been chosen as set pieces at different grades for various UK Music examination boards.
Some of Ian's Christmas music has also been performed by both the RLPO orchestra and choir and the CBSO Orchestra and chorus in their annual Christmas concerts.
Publishers of Ian Higginson's music include: Boosey & Hawkes, Lorenz (USA), Cathedral Music, ABRSM Publishing, Trinity Publishing, St. James Music Press (USA) and Parish Publications.
REVIEWS of Ian Higginson's Music
"Ian Higginson is a composer who is not afraid to write a simple, unaffected melody that choirs will find grateful and rewarding to sing. Here is a series of publications well worth a look at: expertly crafted, imaginative, practical and within the scope of most choirs and organists."
- John Rutter
"I have been performing Ian Higginson's wonderful Christmas arrangements for a few years now, and I find them universally popular with choirs, orchestral players and audiences alike."
- Mark Lee, Organist & Director of Music at Bristol Cathedral
"Ian Higginson is a composer with a refreshingly approachable style, encompassing both rhythmic vitality and memorable melodic writing; above all, he is one of the few of his generation still unafraid of writing a good tune!"
- Ian Tracey, Organist to the City of Liverpool, Organist Titulaire of Liverpool Cathedral, Chorusmaster of Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society, Professor, Fellow & Organist of John Moores University
"Really well crafted and satisfying to play and enjoy - a very worthwhile addition to an organist's collection..."
- Jonathan Kingston
"For choir directors, Ian Higginson's choral music includes the best of all possible elements - melodies that are gracious and deliciously singable, musical craftsmanship and imagination that directors, singers and audiences alike will carry with them from any performance, and an understanding of what choirs are capable of. They are not to be missed!"
- The late Mark Schweizer, Former Conductor & Founder/Director of St James' Music Press, USA