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Compositions by Ian Higginson

Ian is an accomplished award-winning composer originally from Merseyside, now living and working in Gloucestershire. His many compositions include choral music ranging from Christmas carols, anthems, motets, liturgical music, and secular songs. In addition, he composes music for organ, piano, flute and voice, many of which are also used as set pieces for grades and diplomas on various examination boards. In addition to choirs performing Ian’s music both in the UK and the US, some works have also been commissioned by the RLPO orchestra and chorus, Bangor Cathedral, Brecon Cathedral, Isle of Man Cathedral and St Asaph Cathedral in North Wales.

Many of Ian’s choral works are performed by choirs large and small, professional and amateur and are published by Animus Publications, ABRSM Publishing, Boosey & Hawkes, Lorenz Inc. (US), Parish Publications, St. James Music Publishing (US), Parish Publications and Trinity Exams Publishing.

In addition, Ian is Principal of the TCSM (Three Counties School of Music) and University Fellow and Assistant Professor of in the Sacred Music Faculty of the Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi University in the United States, where he teaches composition on the Masters’ Course.

Ian frequently accepts commissions of sacred and secular repertoire suitable for choral societies, Church/Cathedral choirs, choral societies, youth choirs and community choirs plus organ, piano, instrumental, orchestral and chamber works.

Should you wish to hear any of Ian’s compositions, please visit the ‘works page on Ian Higginson’s website:


Quotes about Ian’s music from some notable composers and conductors

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

…Refreshingly approachable style, …rhythmic vitality & memorable melodic writing; … one of the few of his generation still unafraid of writing a good tune!” 
Ian Tracey ~ Organist - City of Liverpool, Organist - Liverpool Cathedral, Chorus Master - Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society, Professor, Fellow & Organist - John Moores University

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

“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, US.


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