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
For Unto Us A Child Is Born / Edward Higginbottom, New College Oxford
Release Date: 10/13/2009   Label: Crd Records  
Catalog: 3462   Number of Discs: 1
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Handel: Messiah / Higginbottom, AAM, Oxford New College Choir
Release Date: 10/31/2006   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8570131   Number of Discs: 2
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    Mozart: Music For Salzburg Cathedral
    Label: Novum   Catalog: 1388 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Benjamin Bloor
    Conductor:  Edward Higginbottom
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Novum (England)
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    Label: Novum   Catalog: 1387 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marc-Antoine Charpentier
    Performer:  Robyn Allegra Parton,  Oliver [Bass Vocal] Longland,  Patrick [Bass Vocal] Edmond
    Conductor:  Edward Higginbottom
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Baroque
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    Erato - 50 CD Collection
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 46441 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Tomaso Albinoni,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Giuseppe Torelli  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice André,  Pierre Pierlot,  Paul Hongne,  Jacques Chambon  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jean-François Paillard,  Frigyes Sándor,  Kent Nagano  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ens.,  Paillard Chamber Orchestra,  Vienna Soloists  ... 
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    Christopher Tye: The Western Wind Mass, Anthems & Motets
    Label: Crd Records   Catalog: 3405 Release Date: 03/05/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christopher Tye
    Conductor:  Edward Higginbottom
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford New College Choir
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    Britten: The Sacred Choral Music / Higginbottom, Choir Of New College Oxford
    Label: Novum   Catalog: 1386 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Duncan Saunderson,  Guy Cutting,  Nick Pritchard,  Lawrence Thain  ... 
    Conductor:  Edward Higginbottom
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford New College Choir
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    The Glory Of New College
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 2091 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John Taverner,  William Byrd,  Thomas Tallis,  Orlando Gibbons  ... 
    Conductor:  Edward Higginbottom
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford New College Choir
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    Haydn: Nelson Mass; Insanae Et Vanae Curae
    Label: Novum   Catalog: 1385 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Tom Edwards,  Nick Pritchard
    Conductor:  Edward Higginbottom
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    Couperin: Exultent Superi; Motets Choisis
    Label: Novum   Catalog: 138 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  François Couperin
    Performer:  George Coltart,  Guy Cutting,  Edward Higginbottom,  Duncan Saunderson  ... 
    Conductor:  Edward Higginbottom
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Novum (England)
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    Bach: Motets / Higginbottom, Choir Of New College Oxford
    Label: Novum   Catalog: 1381 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Conductor:  Edward Higginbottom
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    Monteverdi: Vespro Della Beate Virgine 1610 / Higginbottom, Choir Of New College Oxford
    Label: Novum   Catalog: 1382 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
    Conductor:  Edward Higginbottom
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford New College Choir,  Charivari Agréable
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    Label: Novum   Catalog: 1383 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Conductor:  Edward Higginbottom
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    Haydn: The Creation / Higginbottom, Oxford Philomusica
    Label: Oxford Philomusica   Catalog: 8 Release Date: 08/09/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Mhairi Lawson,  Rufus Müller,  David Stout
    Conductor:  Edward Higginbottom
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford New College Choir,  Oxford Philomusica
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    Traditional & Modern Carols
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1330 Release Date: 08/02/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry John Gauntlett,  William Byrd,  Traditional,  Herbert Howells  ... 
    Conductor:  Edward Higginbottom
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  • 14.
    Serene Classics
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 673671 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Giovanni Palestrina,  Tomás Luis de Victoria,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Conductor:  Edward Higginbottom
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer,  Oxford New College Choir
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    Early One Morning - Folksongs & Spirituals / Higginbottom, Choir Of New College
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4675459 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Nicholas Fuggle,  Eamonn Dougan,  Philip Cave,  Roderick Morris  ... 
    Conductor:  Edward Higginbottom
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford New College Choir
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    Music For A Royal Wedding
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 4674219 Release Date: 04/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johann Pachelbel,  George Frideric Handel,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Jorgen Ernst Hansen,  Placido [Tenor Vocals] Domingo,  Marie-Claire Alain,  Camille Maurane  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-François Paillard,  Raymond Leppard,  Edward Higginbottom,  Louis Frémaux  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capricorn (Ensemble),  Il Giardino Armonico
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    The Power & The Glory: Choral Masterpieces
    Label: Warner Classics & Jazz   Catalog: 4682508 Release Date: 04/26/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Antonio Vivaldi,  George Frideric Handel,  Hector Berlioz  ... 
    Performer:  Clive Bayley,  Joseph Cornwell,  Maryseult Wieczorek,  Thierry Félix  ... 
    Conductor:  William Christie,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Kurt Masur  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants,  Concentus Musicus Wien
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    The Rachmaninov Experience
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 80816 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Nikolai Lugansky,  Ulrich Koneffke,  Kalevi Olli,  Alexandre Rabinovitch  ... 
    Conductor:  Yevgeny Svetlanov,  Sakari Oramo,  Edward Higginbottom
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    Britten: Ceremony Of Carols / Kelly, Choir Of New College Oxford
    Label: Crd Records   Catalog: 3490 Release Date: 10/13/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Joubert,  Peter Wishart,  Andrew Carter,  Herbert Kennedy Andrews  ... 
    Performer:  Frances Kelly
    Conductor:  Edward Higginbottom
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford New College Choir
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    For Unto Us A Child Is Born / Edward Higginbottom, New College Oxford
    Label: Crd Records   Catalog: 3462 Release Date: 10/13/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Louis-Claude Daquin,  Francis Poulenc,  William Byrd,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Sir David Willcocks
    Conductor:  Edward Higginbottom
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Novum Ensemble
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  • 21.
    Byrd: Cantiones Sacrae (1589)
    Label: Crd Records   Catalog: 3420 Release Date: 05/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Byrd
    Conductor:  Edward Higginbottom
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford New College Choir
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  • 22.
    Byrd: Cantiones Sacrae (1591) / Higginbottom, New College
    Label: Crd Records   Catalog: 3439 Release Date: 05/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Byrd
    Conductor:  Edward Higginbottom
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford New College Choir
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  • 23.
    Byrd: Masses; Tallis: Lamentations / Higginbottom
    Label: Crd Records   Catalog: 3499 Release Date: 05/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Byrd,  Thomas Tallis
    Conductor:  Edward Higginbottom
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford New College Choir
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  • 24.
    Choral Masterpieces Of The English Renaissance
    Label: Crd Records   Catalog: 5007 Release Date: 05/01/2009   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  John Taverner
    Conductor:  Edward Higginbottom
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford New College Choir
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  • 25.
    English Cathedral Classics
    Label: Crd Records   Catalog: 3507 Release Date: 05/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Villiers Stanford,  Samuel Sebastian Wesley,  Maurice Greene,  William Boyce  ... 
    Conductor:  Edward Higginbottom
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford New College Choir
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