Jonathan Higgins

Autopilot Saves Model S
Marco Galvani & leomercer

jonathan higgins
jennifer parker

Jonathan Higgins

Autopilot Saves Model S

Marco Galvani & leomercer




SATURDAY  July 29, 2017

8:00 (doors open 7:30)

Tickets: £6 in advance via Eventbrite
(£8 at the door)

Jonathan Higgins

Jonathan Higgins is a composer and sound artist from Surrey who has completed a BMus in Music and an MA in Sonic Arts at the University of Sheffield. In September 2017 he will begin a PhD programme at City University, London conducting research titled 'The Plasticity of Noise', under the supervision of Dr Tullis Rennie. Jonathan works with a variety of different media, including: fixed electroacoustic music, instrumental music, live electronics and sound installations. His music is focused around an exploration of noise, looking to stretch the boundaries of what is and isn't considered 'noise'.

He has presented numerous electroacoustic works both in the UK and internationally, most recently at the International Computer Music Conference (Athens 2014, Texas 2015, Uterecht 2016), Noise Floor (Staffordshire 2015, 2017), Sounds Like THIS (Leeds, 2017), Sines and Squares (Manchester 2016), iFIMPaC (Leeds 2016), Metanast (Manchester 2014) and Sound Junction (Sheffield 2014-2016). He received a Jury Award in the Binaural/Nodar – Viseu Rural 2.0 Electroacoustic Music Competition for his piece Disinter. His electroacoustic remix of Gary Carpenter’s Neiderau played by the Tempest Flute Trio was shortlisted for the Nonclassical 10 Remix Contest. Fragments, a piece based on Humpty Dumpty received a runners up prize in the USSS Nursery Rhymes competition. 


His instrumental works include: Matryoshka, for piano and live electronics and Schutzwall, a chamber opera for two sopranos and live electronics. Matryoshka is regularly performed around the UK by the Edison Ensemble. Schutzwall received a work in progress performance as part of Second Movement’s Rough for Opera 15 and this summer will be featured at both the Manchester Opera Project: Festival 1 and Tête à Tête Festival 2017.


Jonathan has completed residencies at the Furnace Park Project in Sheffield (December 2014 - August 2015) and with La Wayaka Current in the Kuna Yala province of Panama (May - June 2017). During his residency at the Furnace Park Project Jonathan produced the piece Digital Spaces which was included as part of the plastiCities//foundry 

exhibition at 35 Chapel Walk, Sheffield. In Panama, Jonathan worked with the indigenous community of Armila on two new pieces of work. The first Dada, Gabsus is a soundscape based web/gallery installation and the second, Diuar is a large scale electroacoustic concert piece. These two pieces are due to be released in late 2017.


Mimi Douton and Ella Taylor, Sopranos

Photo Credit: Claire Shovelton


Autopilot Saves Model S

Autopilot Saves Model S is an opera in progress with an unusual source as  its inspiration; a 40-second Youtube video in which a Tesla autopilot saves its driver from a lorry  and the frenetic internal monologue of Annalyn Kurtz, New York Times intern whose job it is to explain the crash.  Annalyn’s internal monologue is sung by three different mezzo sopranos, all of whom are playing Annalyn at the same time.  Autopilot Saves Model S is a fresh, funny approach to the traditional form.

Marco Galvani


Marco Galvani is a composer based in London, studying with David Sawer. He studied for three years with Emily Howard at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music, and subsequently with Professor Robert Saxton at the University of Oxford. Marco’s choral and instrumental works have been performed throughout the UK, Europe, and North America.

Marco’s compositions have been commissioned, performed, and recorded by a variety of choirs. In 2015, Marco was awarded the Schellhorn Prize for Choral Composition for his piece Ecce Quam Bonum. His music has subsequently been performed by Blossom Street, Icosa Chamber Choir, and the choir of Salisbury Cathedral. Marco’s commission Tantum Ergo was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 from the Edington Festival, and features on ‘Cloths of Heaven’, the debut album of Sansara Chamber Choir. Tantum Ergo has been published by Edition Peters, alongside Ubi Caritas, Memorare, and Eden is that old-fashioned houseEt Vidi Angelum was recorded by The Queen's College Chapel Choir as part of their CD, ‘A New Heaven’.

Exploring a variety of instrumental combinations, Marco has received a number of commissions for ensembles and orchestras. His work for the Oxford University String Ensemble, After the Rain, was performed in Christ Church Cathedral in 2015, and subsequent instrumental works include Unearthed, commissioned by Oxford’s Consortium Novum, as well as Pro/Contra for solo piano, composed for the pianist Matthew Schellhorn. Marco’s recent works have been performed by CHROMA, as well as a number of solo instrumentalists. In 2016 his first Chamber Opera, Rothschild's Violin, was performed by New Chamber Opera, leading David Threasher from Gramophone to describe Marco as ‘a compositional voice of genuine promise’.

Imogene Garner, Helen Gregory, Jennifer
Parker and Emily Howard Cobley.


leoemercer is a lyricist/librettist and Twitter-poet (@leoepoems). His previous libretti have included an adaptatin of Purcell's Dioclesian and The Marriage of Kim K, his adaptation of The Marriage of Figaro, which is touring the UK this summer, with Manchester dates in early July.


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