Audio and Score Downloads:
Listen to our music whilst reading the score!
| view catalogue |
Latest News from G & M Brand:
As Geoffrey Brand celebrates his 90th Birthday G & M Brand Publications are delighted to bring you:
Geoffrey Brand 'Conducting - The Art of Communication' Part 1
Geoffrey Brand 'Conducting - The Art of Communication' Part 2
Latest Music Releases:Sussex Carol (cat#10312)
English Traditional arr. Michael Brand - Very Easy (USA Grade: 2)
Peace on Earth (cat#10313)
Arbeau's Orcesographie 1588 arr. Michael Brand - Easy (USA Grade: 3)
Personent Hodie (On this day the Earth shall ring) (cat#10314)
Finnish. Realised by Holst arr. Michael Brand - Very Easy (USA Grade: 2)
Have you seen:
Today's Featured Composer:
| music by this composer |
Philip Sparke was born in London and studied composition, trumpet and piano at the Royal College of Music where he gained an ARCM.
It was while he was at the College that his interest in bands arose. His composition professor, Philip Cannon, had formed a symphonic wind band for first-year wind players and encouraged his pupils to write for it. An interest in brass bands followed and Philip Sparke formed a band from amongst fellow students, writing several works for them.
In 1975 he was awarded first prize in a competition organised by the Schools Band Association of the overture `The Prizewinners' and at about the same time wrote `Concert Prelude' which was his first work to be published.
A growing interest in his music lead to several commissions, including one for the test-piece for the Centennial Brass Band Championship in New Zealand - `The Land of the Long White Cloud'.
Further commissions followed from individual bands, the BBC and various band associations including `London Overture' for the Dutch National Championship in 1984 as well as Area (`A Malvern Suite') and Finals (`Music for a Festival') pieces for the National Championships of Great Britain. He has three times won the EBU New Music for Bands Competition, representing the BBC - `Skyrider' and `Slipstream' winning the March section in 1985 and 1987, and `Orient Express' the Freestyle section in 1986. Also in 1986 `The Year of the Dragon', commissioned in 1984 by the Cory Band, was set for the European Championship in Cardiff.
1986 also saw commissions from Desford, Foden and the Cambridge Bands as well as the Salford College of Technology. In 1987 he was asked to write the Championship Finals test-piece for the prestigious `Nationals' at the Royal Albert Hall (`Harmony Music') as well as `Endeavour' for the 1988 `World Championship' held in Brisbane as part of the Australian Bicentennial Festival of Bands. He wrote ‘The Moon and Mexico’ for a subsequent National Championship.
His conducting and adjudicating activities have taken him to Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Canvey Island, Switzerland, New Zealand, Australia and the USA.
| visit the composer's website |