facebook twitter rss vimeo

*
banner

Sparke wins major award

Composer Philip Sparke has won a major compositional award in the USA, plus the nice little Xmas prezzie of $4000.

Philip Sparke

 

Philip Sparke will have an additional reason to celebrate this Christmas as he has recently returned from the United States after winning the prestigious William D. Revelli Memorial Composition Award held as part of the Chicago and Mid West Wind Ensemble Convention in Chicago, Illinois.

The competition attracts wind and concert band composers from throughout the world, but it was Philip’s wind band arrangement of his thrilling ‘Music of the Spheres’ originally written for the YBS Band at the 2004 European Brass Band Championships that saw him take the $4000 first prize and add his name to an illustrious list of former winners.

It is such a high quality competition that it is a great honour to win it, whilst it also enables my music to attract a higher profile in a very competitive arena of music making in the United StatesPhilip Sparke

Those winners include such names as last year’s winner Joseph Turrin as well as many composers who have gone on to write major film scores for many Hollywood films.

High quality competition

Philip was obviously delighted when 4BR spoke to him and he commented that the award will enable his music to gain a much higher profile in the largest wind band market in the world. “I’m thrilled to have won the award, especially as I was able to be on hand to collect it at the Hilton Hotel in Chicago last week,’ he told 4BR. “It is such a high quality competition that it is a great honour to win it, whilst it also enables my music to attract a higher profile in a very competitive arena of music making in the United States.”

High praise

Philip had to send in a professional recording of his work to be assessed by the judges, and it had to be done anonymously as well, complete with full score. The work had to be composed after January 1st 2003, and Philip was fortunate that the Osaka Municipal Symphonic Band had recorded the work in Japan a few months ago. The composition drew high praise from the adjudicators and gave Philip his second prestigious wind ensemble compositional title following on from the Sadler Prize he won in 1997.

Philip however has not been resting on his laurels and has been putting the finishing touches to his latest work—this time for the inaugural English National Championships next year, a work that perhaps may also find its way into the wind ensemble repertoire as well.



Pennine

Pennine partnership adds extra levels of musical Strata

June 18 • A new musical partnership between Pennine Music and Strata Brass will give customers the chance to sample new releases with an authentic sound...


radio

Inside information gives brass bands Radio 3 boost

June 18 • Not all is lost on the BBC for brass bands if we can get more insight and passion for the medium from the likes of conductor Greg Beardsall.


Heritage High School

Bolsover announces 2018 draws

June 17 • The draws for the 2018 Bolsover Festival of Brass have been announced.


Radio

Radio: Sounds of Brass

June 17 • More great brass band music from Phillip Hunt down in Cornwall.


Tredegar Town Band - Mussorgsky meets Mozart

Wednesday 20 June • ROYAL BIRMINGHAM CONSERVATOIRE, Birmingham City University, 200 Jennens Rd, Birmingham. B4 7XR


Black Dyke Band - Halifax Choral Society

Saturday 23 June • Victoria Theatre, 2 Fountain St, Halifax HX1 1BP


The Marple Band - The Marple Band presents Music from Musicals

Saturday 23 June • Stockport Grammar School. Buxton Road. Stockport SK2 7AF


Elland Silver Band - Elland Silver Band

Saturday 23 June • Blackley Blackley Church Prospect View Elland HX5 0TD


York Railway Institute Band - Dan Thomas - Euphonium

Saturday 23 June • Central Methodist Church. St Saviourgate. York. YO1 8NQ YO1 8NQ


Jackfield Band

June 18 • Invite applications for upcoming Principal Cornet Vacancy. Due to University in September an opportunity to join a hard working sociable band with a reputation for entertaining concerts and contest successes has arisen.


Ripon City band

June 17 • Ripon City Band require EEb Bass, Bb Cornet and Percussion (Kit and/or tuned). We are a welcoming First Section band with a varied programme of engagements and contests. We rehearse in Ripon on Tuesday and Friday evenings at 7.40.


Glossop Old Band

June 16 • Glossop Old Band is looking to appoint a new Musical Director. We are a friendly first section band with some contesting and a good mix of concerts. Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings 8.00-10.00pm at our Band Club at Derby Street, Glossop, SK13 8LP


Alwyn Green

LRAM, LTCL
Conductor, composer, arranger, adjudicator, teacher and soloist