Percussionist Calum Huggan’s debut solo album, alongside displaying his technical chops and sensitivity, shows how open the marimba is for different listeners. Although all the work here is notated and demands the utmost in performance, the musical results might well appeal to listeners with no classical knowledge.
In various ways each of the pieces here – all short bar one, and performed with an elegant, easy virtuosity by Huggan – owes as much to popular songwriting as to traditional classical forms. In soft cascades of sound, Michael Burritt’s opening Prelude I sets a delicate tone that permeates the album regardless of changing moods, emphasising melody and colour.
Solo - Other
- Calum Huggan - Marimba and Percussion
Solo marimba/ percussion repertoire ranging from Dowland, Bach and Debussy to living composers such as Trevino, Burritt and Landymore.
Award-winning percussionist Calum Huggan has captivated audiences and critics alike with his musicality and personality.
Throughout his studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Mannheim Musikhochschule and the Royal College of Music, Calum showed an affinity towards the marimba, winning his first BBC solo broadcast at the age of 18. A winner and finalist in many prestigious competitions, Calum was taught and nurtured by international marimbists Jasmin Kolberg and Eric Sammut.
Calum’s passion and dedication to performance has allowed him to perform solo and concerto debuts within the major concert houses across the UK, Europe and United Arab Emirates.
In addition to his solo performance, Calum's passion lies in cross-arts collaborations. He has worked alongside some of the most recognised and talented creatives in the arts, co-creating, recording and performing in spectacular spaces across the globe.
Calum is an active and highly sought-after clinician and educator, holding teaching positions at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, the Royal College of Music, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and as a visiting professor at several other institutes in the UK. Truly passionate about music education, Calum challenges the boundaries of classical music, pursuing accessible pathways to ensure that every young person has an equal chance for success.
A pioneer of classical music, Calum’s mission is to address equity and access to a music education, be a voice for LGBTQ+ musicians and introduce audiences to the truly fascinating and magical world that is percussion.
Calum is a Yamaha Artist and an Acoustic Percussion Signature Artist.