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Philip Sparke

You'll find Philip Sparke's music in band libraries across the globe and he talks to Frank Renton about the joys and pitfalls of writing for both junior and championship bands.

Philip Sparke is one of the most respected composers in the band world. His catalogue includes major test pieces, solo commissions and an unending selection of music to be found in band libraries around the globe. He's a sought-after adjudicator and music publisher as well and tonight he talks to Frank Renton about his life.

30 minutes

Music Played

  • Philip Sparke

    Victory Fanfare

    Performer: Oberosterreich Brass Band. Conductor: Hannes Buchegger.
    • Red Pack.
    • Weinberg Records.
    • 1.
  • Neal Hefti

    Li'l Darlin' (part)

    Performer: Cory Band. Music Arranger: Philip Sparke. Conductor: Philip Harper.
    • Cory Band In Concert! Volume V.
    • DOYEN.
    • 6.
  • Philip Sparke

    The Lad Of The Long White Cloud (Excerpt)

    Performer: Williams Fairey Band. Conductor: Peter Parkes.
    • Regionals 2017.
    • DOYEN.
    • 4.
  • Philip Sparke

    Year Of The Dragon (Finale)

    Performer: Britannia Building Society Band. Conductor: Howard Snell.
    • The Promised Land.
    • Doyen.
    • 5.


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