Gavin Higgins – EKSTASIS for String Sextet (2019)
Detail: 6 movement piece for string sextet (25 minutes)
Premiere: 20th June 2020, Aldeburgh Music Festival, Snape Maltings (details here)
Performers: Piatti Quartet and friends
Recording: To be released on CD in 2021
The Richard Thomas Foundation originated and commissioned the composition, our second commission from Gavin Higgins. We will recording both commissions, along with other chamber music by Gavin, for release on CD in 2021.
Background: Gavin Higgins’ music has been described as having ‘streaks of menace as well as mischief’. The composer of the Royal Opera House commission A Monstrous Child writes vibrant, highly characterised works that bring a strong sense of theatre to the concert hall. He was a winner of an Ivor Novello composer award in December 2019.