George Higgs is a composer and writer. His musical work includes opera, symphony, compositions for small ensemble, music for experimental theatre, work for installation and a number of HIGGSTRUMENTS which he has designed for the performance of certain compositions. His music has been performed across Ireland, in Russia and the United States and he has received numerous awards and honors including a grant from the Wellcome Trust, the Director's Prize from the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, numerous Arts Council awards and a MacDowell Fellowship. He holds a PhD from Trinity College Dublin and is represented by the Contemporary Music Centre of Ireland.
His writing includes two novels, a straight play, hundreds of poems, 3 opera libretti, and scripts for his many musical installations. He is currently working on his third novel, Kahoogaphone. _________________________________________________________
Music in a 2 KM Radius
During the lockdown, Iíve been recording sounds within a 2 km radius of my home in Ardmore, County Waterford. In spite of the grim circumstances, like many Iíve been offered the time to pay more attention to the sonic phenomena right on my doorstep, such as bird song and the sound of the ocean.
The sound of bird song and waves during lockdown. (photo Ansel Adams)
Iím currently finishing my third novel. Entitled Kahoogaphone, itís based on a guerrilla opera I wrote and composed in 1999.
An early version of the The Kahoogaphone. (drawing by P Hannan)
Please refer to the 'works' section of this website for a comprehensive list of works, as well as audio and video samples of his work.