Higgins studied conducting at the Guildhall School of
Music and Drama, winning a silver medal with honours
in his first year. He continued his studies with James
Lockhart, formerly Music Director of the Kassel Opera
House in Germany.
He regularly conducts leading British orchestras, including
the Hanover Band, the Brandenburg Sinfonia and the Guildford
Philharmonic with whom he has just recorded some Elgar
rarities on the SOMM label. From 2002 to 2011 he was
resident music director of Opera South and conducted
ten main productions for the company. Currently he is
preparing a new recording for the SOMM label and is
a frequent guest with the Lewisham Concert Band with
whom he gave a series of concerts in Germany.