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Philip Sparke

Philip Sparke British composer

British composer
Philip Sparke
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Intro British composer
Is Musician Conductor Composer Trumpeter
From United Kingdom
Type Music
Gender male
Birth 29 December 1951, London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Age: 68 years
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Philip Allen Sparke (born 29 December 1951) is a British composer and musician born in London, noted for his concert band and brass band music.

His early major works include The Land of the Long White Cloud - "Aotearoa" - written for the 1980 Centennial New Zealand Brass Band championship. He subsequently went on to win the EBU New Music for Band Competition three times, including in 1986 with a commission from the BBC called Orient Express,

Since May 2000, his music has been published under his own label Anglo Music Press, and distributed by Hal Leonard.

Notable achievements

1997 Sudler Prize - Dance Movements

2000 Iles Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians - Services to brass bands

2005 National Band Association/William D. Revelli Memorial Band Composition Contest - Music for the Spheres

2011 BUMA International Brass Award - Contributions to brass music

2016 National Band Association/William D. Revelli Memorial Band Composition Contest - A Colour Symphony


Music for Wind Band and Brass Band

National Championships of Great Britain test pieces

A number of Philip Sparke's compositions have been chosen as test pieces in the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain. His pieces have been selected for various sections, both at the area contests and the national finals.

Year Piece Section R/N Winning Band(s) Ref
1985 A Malvern Suite 4th R Horsham Borough (L&SC)
South Leicester and Desford B (Mids N)
Amington (Mids S)
Lanchester (NoE)
Llanrug & District (NW)
Irvine Youth (Sco)
Abertillery & District Youth (Wal)
Royal British Legion Crownhill (Plymouth) (WoE)
Hambleton Brass (Yorks)

1987 Harmony Music Ch N Desford Colliery Dowty
1990 Music for a Festival 3rd N Blidworth Welfare
1991 Triptych 3rd R Wantage Silver A (L&SC)
Ifton Welfare (Mids)
Langbaurgh (NoE)
Flixton MCR (NW)
Kelty & Blairadam Brass (Sco)
Deiniolen (Wal N)
British Steel (Port Talbot) (Wal S)
Stinchcombe (WoE)
Aceprint Gawthorpe Victoria (Yorks)

1992 A London Overture 1st N British Telecom
1993 A Celtic Suite 3rd N Skelmanthorpe
1994 Partita Ch R Regent Brass (L&SC)
William Davis Construction Group (Mids)
Ever Ready (NoE)
BNFL Leyland Band (NW)
CWS (Glasgow) (Sco)
Cory (Wal)
Flowers Band (WoE)
Yorkshire Building Society Hammonds (Yorks)

1995 The Land of the Long White Cloud "Aotearoa" 1st R City of Cambridge (L&SC)
Rolls-Royce (Mids)
EYMS Band (NoE)
United Northwest Co-operative (Rochdale) (NW)
Bon Accord Silver (Sco)
Beaumaris (Wal)
Swindon Pegasus Brass (WoE)
Stocksbridge Engineering Steels (Yorks)

1996 A Malvern Suite 4th N Manx Concert
1998 Between the Moon and Mexico Ch N Brighouse & Rastrick
1998 Three Miniatures 3rd N Oldham Brass 97
2000 Variations on an Enigma Ch R Aveley & Newham (L&SC)
Desford Colliery (Mids)
Ever Ready (NoE)
Fodens Courtois (NW)
CWS (Glasgow) (Sco)
Buy As You View Cory (Wal)
Flowers (WoE)
Yorkshire Building Society (Yorks)

2001 Diversions – Variations on a Swiss Folk Song "Der Heimetvogel" 2nd N Ammanford Town
2004 Kaleidoscope – Five Variations on the "Brugg Song" 2nd R Becontree Brass (L&SC)
Hathern (Mids)
Ellington Colliery (NoE)
Old Hall Brass (NW)
Barrhead Burgh (Sco)
Llanrug (Wal)
Otterbourne Brass (WoE)
Yorkshire Building Society Concert (Yorks)

2004 The Four Noble Truths 4th N Potters Bar
2006 Valerius Variations 4th N Dodworth Colliery M.W.
2007 Music for Battle Creek Ch N Grimethorpe Colliery
2008 The Saga of Haakon the Good 1st N Seindorf Beaumaris
2010 Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes from Saint-Saëns' 3rd Symphony 4th R Battle Town (L&SC)
Shipston Town (Mids)
Stape Silver (NoE)
Hazel Grove (NW)
Dumfries Town (Sco)
Crwbin (Wal)
Test Valley Brass (WoE)
Worsbrough Brass (Yorks)

2011 Portrait of a City 2nd N Brunel Brass
2013 Harmony Music Ch R Regent Brass (L&SC)
Jaguar Land Rover (Mids)
NASUWT Riverside (NoE)
Leyland (NW)
Whitburn (Sco)
Tongwynlais Temperance (Wal)
Flowers (WoE)
Carlton Main Frickley Colliery (Yorks)

2013 A Malvern Suite 4th N Ebbw Valley Brass
2017 The Land of the Long White Cloud "Aotearoa" 1st R TBD
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