Michael Higgins studied piano with Margaret Newman at the Birmingham Conservatoire, and at the Royal Academy of Music, London, with Julius Drake.
Abroad, Michael has toured with singers and instrumentalists in Germany, Hungary, Italy, Australia and New Zealand and regularly performs throughout the United Kingdom. Recent performances include the European premiere of Eric Whitacre’s Animal Crackers, Volume II with the National Youth Choir of Great Britain conducted by the composer, concerto performances with the New London Soloists Orchestra at St Martin in the Fields, recitals at Glasgow’s City Halls and accompanying a choir of Olympians live on BBC television.
Michael studied organ with Andrew Fletcher and is Director of Music at the Church of St John the Baptist, Wimbledon, where he has founded two thriving choirs for adults and children. He accompanies the Wimbledon Choral Society, the National Children’s Choir of Great Britain and regularly works on projects with Gareth Malone from the BBC series ‘The Choir’, with whom he recently filmed for BBC Comic Relief.
As a composer, he has answered a number of commissions, including songs for a set of educational books published in Singapore, and many of his choral and organ works are published worldwide by Kevin Mayhew Publishers.
Michael was awarded the Joseph Weingarten Memorial Trust Scholarship and completed his studies with Kálmán Dráfi at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest.