LPO/Foyle Future Firsts/Jack Sheen

ROBIN HAIGH (b.1993) writes music of “scintillating unpredictability” (Tom Service, BBC Radio 3) that has also been described as “timeless”, “dream-like” (Musical Opinion Magazine), “irreverent”, “provocative” (Chicago Theatre Review), and “remarkably discombobulating” (Seen and Heard International).

His internationally performed work first came to public attention in 2017 when, aged 24, his recorder quintet In Feyre Foreste won a British Composer Award, being described by the judges as “completely refreshing” and “magical”. His chamber orchestra piece Grin, commissioned by the Britten Sinfonia earned him an Ivor Novello Award in 2020, being hailed as a “quirky, playful, bold and original work with a highly distinctive musical language and sound”. Since then he has been an Ivor Novello nominee and Tippett Medal finalist for his harp solo No One, and winner of the BDRS Competition, Dante Moro Competition, and William Mathias Composition Prize.

Upcoming performances include premieres of two large scale works: THE DREAMERS, a concerto for four trombones and large ensemble for Aldeburgh Festival, and AESOP 2 for Orchester im Treppenhaus, featuring the composer as “untrained recorder soloist”. Future chamber premieres include pieces for Nicholas Daniel OBE, The Marsyas Trio, and Willinger Duo.

Performances, broadcasts, and recordings in the last year have been presented by the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Dolomiti Symphonia Orchestra, The Ligeti Quartet, The Hermes Experiment, Namaste Ensemble, Emily Hiemstra, Fenella Humphreys, and Darragh Morgan.

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Britten Sinfonia, Thomas Gould


Oliver Wass

LSO/Tabea Debus/Darren Bloom


Ligeti Quartet
Darragh Morgan


(haigh is pronounced like hague, not like hay)