Edward Higginbottom

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Born: November 16, 1946; England  
Edward Higginbottom is a leading British choral conductor and organist, as well as a scholar with an interest in French Baroque music. After the usual keyboard studies as a boy, he entered Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University, in 1966, as its organ scholar, meaning he received schooling to be the assistant organist and conductor for that college's chapel choir. He did a considerable amount of additional conducting during his years there. Read more He finished his undergraduate work in 1969 and continued in graduate studies. In 1976, the position of organist and director of the Choir of New College, Oxford, became vacant. Higginbottom applied, as it afforded an opportunity to continue academic work and performance, obviating what would have been a difficult choice for him between performance and academia. After his appointment as organist, fellow, and tutor in music at New College, he continued his post-graduate studies, earning his Ph.D. in 1979.

Higginbottom is in charge of 16 choristers (boy singers who attend New College School), eight "academical clerks" (New College students who receive scholarships for their singing services), the organ scholar (a vocal teacher for the boys and student singers), and six lay clerks (professional singers who form the permanent nucleus of the Choir). The consistent change in personnel -- almost complete turnarounds in membership every four years or so -- presents what Higginbottom obviously considers a satisfying, professional challenge. To deal with it, he says, he does not attempt to impose a choral sound that he imagines, but instead assesses the changed character of the choir each year. "I have to construct the instrument, as it were, from what I am offered.... But it's wonderful to hear the development of these young men throughout their time in the choir," he once said in an interview.

Higginbottom maintains a busy schedule as tutor, teacher, researcher, director, and conductor of the choir. Mainly during school holidays, the choir travels for performances outside Oxford, which may be as near as London for a BBC Promenade Concert appearance at Royal Albert Hall or as far as Australia. Higginbottom has taken the Choir to the major cities of Europe, to the United States, and to Brazil.

He has led the choir in many of its nearly seventy compact discs in the active catalogues. These include lighter choral selections and Christmas programs, as well as a repertory of vast range, from Josquin De Prez to Gorecki, with particular emphasis on British composers of the English Renaissance, the middle Baroque, and the music of Handel. He has also helped prepare the Choir for recordings he did not himself conduct, notably the complete series of Henry Purcell's odes and sacred music with Robert King and the King's Consort.

Higginbottom has published his editions of music of François Couperin and Michel Corrette, and is the author of several articles on French Baroque music. In 1990, the French government awarded him the rank of Officier des Arts et des Lettres. Read less

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Born: November 16, 1946; England  
Edward Higginbottom is a leading British choral conductor and organist, as well as a scholar with an interest in French Baroque music. After the usual keyboard studies as a boy, he entered Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University, in 1966, as its organ scholar, meaning he received schooling to be the assistant organist and conductor for that college's chapel choir. He did a considerable amount of additional conducting during his years there. Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Kyrie
Sancta Maria
Salus infirmorum
Regina angelorum
Agnus Dei
Dixit Dominus
Confitebor tibi
Beatus vir
Laudate Pueri
Laudate Dominum
Magnificat
Gloria
Credo
Sanctus - Benedictus
Agnus Dei
Procession
Wolcum yole!
There is no rose
That yonge child
Balulalow
As dew in Aprille
This little Babe
Interlude
In freezing winter night
Spring Carol
Deo Gracias!
Recession
Rejoice in God, o ye Tongues
For I will consider my Cat Jeoffry
For I am under the same accusation
Kyrie
Gloria
Sanctus - Benedictus
Agnus Dei
Kyrie
Gloria: Gloria in excelsis Deo
Gloria: Qui tollis peccata mundi
Gloria: Quoniam tu solus sanctus
Credo: Credo in unum Deum
Credo: Et incarnatus est
Credo: Et resurrexit
Sanctus
Benedictus
Agnus Dei: Agnus Dei
Agnus Dei: Dona nobis pacem
Procession
Wolcum yole!
There is no rose
That yonge child
Balulalow
As dew in Aprille
This little Babe
Interlude
In freezing winter night
Spring Carol
Deo Gracias!
Recession
De lamentatione
Heth
Teth
Jod
Jerusalem
Kyrie
Gloria
Credo
Sanctus
Benedictus
Agnus Dei
Incipit lamentatio
Aleph
Beth
De lamentatione
Ghimel
Daleth
Heth
Part I: Sinfonia
Part I: Accompanied recitative: Comfort ye, my people (Tenor)
Part I: Aria: Every valley shall be exalted (Tenor)
Part I: Chorus: And the glory of the Lord
Part I: Accompanied recitative: Thus saith the Lord of Hosts (Bass)
Part I: Aria: But who may abide the day of His coming (Countertenor)
Part I: Chorus: And He shall purify
Part I: Recitative: Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son (Countertenor)
Part I: Aria and Chorus: O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion (Countertenor)
Part I: Accompanied recitative: For behold, darkness shall cover the earth (Bass)
Part I: Aria: The people that walked in darkness (Bass)
Part I: Chorus: For unto us a Child is born
Part I: Pifa
Part I: Accompanied recitative: There were shepherds abiding in the field (Trebles)
Part I: Chorus: Glory to God in the highest
Part I: Aria: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion (Tenor)
Part I: Recitative: Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened (Countertenor)
Part I: Aria: He shall feed His flock like a shepherd (Countertenor, Treble)
Part I: Chorus: His yoke is easy, His burthen is light
Part II: Chorus: Behold, the Lamb of God
Part II: Aria: He was despised and rejected of men (Countertenor)
Part III: Aria: I know that my redeemer liveth (Treble)
Part III: Chorus: Since by man came death
Part III: Accompanied recitative: Behold, I tell you a mystery (Bass)
Part III: Aria: The trumpet shall sound (Bass)
Part III: Recitative: Then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written (Countertenor)
Part III: Duet: O death, where is thy sting (Countertenor and Tenor)
Part III: Chorus: But thanks be to God
Part III: Aria: If God is for us, who can be against us (Countertenor)
Part III: Chorus: Worthy is the Lamb that was slain
Part III: Chorus: Amen
Herr, unser Herrscher
Jesus ging mit seinen Jungern
O gross Lieb, o Lieb ohn alle Masse
Auf dass das Wort erfullet wurde
Dein Will gescheh, Herr Gott, zugleich
Die Schar aber und der Oberhauptmann
Von den Strikken meiner Sunden
Simon Petrus aber folgete Jesu nach
Ich folge dir gleichfalls
Derselbige Junger war dem Hohenpriester bekannt
Wer hat dich so geschlagen
Und Hannas sandte ihn gebunden
Ach, mein Sinn, wo willt du endlich hin
Petrus, der nicht denkt zuruck
Er nahm alles wohl in acht
Und von Stund an nahm sie der Junger zu sich
Es ist vollbracht
Und neiget das Haupt und verschied
Mein teurer Heiland, lass dich fragen
Und siehe da, der Vorhang im Tempel zerriss
Mein Herz, indem die ganze Welt
Zerfliesse, mein Herze
Die Juden aber, dieweil es der Rusttag war
O hilf, Christe, Gottes Sohn
Darnach bat Pilatum Joseph von Arimathia
Ruht wohl, ihr heiligen Gebeine
Ach Herr, lass dein lieb Engelein


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