RTF034 Gavin Higgins Ekstasis

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Gavin Higgins – EKSTASIS for String Sextet (2019)

Grant: RTF034
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.