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Peter Sparks

Clarinet

ORCHESTRAL EXPERIENCE

Current position:-

  • English National Opera – Co-Principal Clarinet

Freelance work:-

  • Philharmonia - Principal
  • London Philharmonic Orchestra - Principal
  • Royal Opera House - Principal
  • Royal Scottish National Orchestra - Principal
  • BBC National Orchestra of Wales - Principal
  • BBC Symphony Orchestra - Principal (Including Eb/Bass Clar)
  • BBC Concert Orchestra - Principal
  • Academy of St. Martin in the Fields – Principal
  • Ulster Orchestra – Principal
  • Manchester Camerata – Principal
  • City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra – Principal
  • Northern Sinfonia – Principal
  • Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - Principal
  • City of London Sinfonia - Principal
  • English National Ballet - Principal
  • London Mozart Players - Principal
  • London Symphony Orchestra – Extra
  • John Wilson Orchestra - Extra (Including E flat Clarinet)
  • Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Principal (Including Eb/Bass Clar)
  • Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra – Principal (Including Eb/Bass Clar)
  • Royal Ballet Sinfonia – Principal
  • English Symphony Orchestra – Principal
  • BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra – Extra (Including Bass Clar)
  • Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra – Extra (Including Eb/Bass Clar)
  • Aurora Orchestra – Principal
  • London Contemporary Orchestra Soloists
  • Music Theatre Wales - Principal
  • London Concert Orchestra – Principal
  • Glyndebourne Touring Opera - Principal & Sub-Principal
  • Garsington Opera Principal
  • Bath Philharmonia - Principal
  • Orchestra of the Swan – Guest Principal and Extra (Including Bass)
  • Orchestra of St Johns - Extra
  • Brighton Philharmonic – Extra (Eb Clarinet)
  • Milton Keynes City Orchestra Chamber Ensemble – Principal
  • Kokoro (Contemporary Music Ensemble of BSO) – Extra
  • Guildford Philharmonic – Extra (Including Principal & Eb)
  • Lancashire Sinfonietta – Principal
  • London Soloists Chamber Orchestra – Extra (Including Principal)
  • English Classical Players – Extra
  • Telford New Symphony Orchestra – Principal (2005 – Current)
  • Chamber Orchestra Anglia – Principal 
  • New York City Ballet (at The Coliseum, London)
  • New Professionals Orchestra – Extra (Including Principal & Eb Clar)
  • Opera East Productions – Principal (2000 – Current)
  • Southbank Sinfonia – (Member and Soloist 2002 – 2003)
  • Iford Opera – Principal (2005 – Current)
  • European Opera Orchestra
  • Dartington Festival Orchestra
  • St Endellion Festival Orchestra – Principal
  • Russian Chamber Orchestra of London – Principal
  • Opera South – Principal
  • Cameo Opera (Bob Porter) – Principal
  • Orquesta Sinfonica de Madrid – Finalist and Reserve for Principal (2003)

Training

  • UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra – Member including Principal (2002-2004) 
  • London Sinfonietta/RAM – QEH (2002)
  • LSO/RAM Wind Scheme – (Including Daphnis et Chloë Boulez 2000 - 2001)
  • Britten-Pears Orchestra
  • National Youth Orchestra of GB – Member including Principal (1995-1998)    

SOLO AND ENSEMBLE EXPERIENCE

  • Park Lane 2008 Solo Recital – Purcell Room, Premieres by P. Wiegold and N. LeFanu
  • Solo Performance on BBC Radio 3 ‘In Tune’
  • London Winds, dir. Michael Collins (BBC Proms, Wigmore Hall, QEH & Far East tour)
  • Schubert Ensemble
  • Scottish Ensemble (Wigmore Hall)
  • English Symphony Orchestra Winds
  • Endymion Ensemble
  • Nash Ensemble/RAM (QEH)

Concertos

  • Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra – Weber Concerto No. 1
  • English Symphony Orchestra – Mozart Concerto
  • Lancashire Sinfonietta - Mozart Concerto & Mozart Sinfonia Concertante
  • Orchestra West - Finzi & Schubert - Shepherd on the Rock with Elizabeth Watts
  • Orchestra of the City - Finzi
  • St. James’ Piccadilly – Copland Clarinet Concerto
  • Chamber Orchestra Anglia – Maconchy Concertino No. 2
  • Southbank Sinfonia – Mozart Concerto & Adams Gnarly Buttons
  • Peter Wiegold - New York, Bass Clarinet Concerto (World Première)
  • Cambridge University Musical Society - Adams Gnarly Buttons & DebussyPremière Rhapsodie
  • Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra – Stanford Concerto
  • RNCM – Strauss Duett-Concertino

  • Winner – Geoffrey Hawkes Clarinet Competition & Harold Craxton Chamber Music Competition (2002)
  • Royal Over-Seas League Music Competition    Finalist (2001 & 2003)
  • Gallimaufry Wind Ensemble – Park Lane Series – Purcell Room – RAM Fellowship (Member 2000 - Current) www.gallimaufry-ensemble.com
  • Farrington Ensemble – Piano Trio with Clarinet (Member 2000 - Current) www.farringtonensemble.com
  • London Conchord Ensemble
  • Ensemble 360
  • Linos Wind Quintet
  • Ossian Ensemble
  • Kreisler Ensemble – Guest Principal, including Purcell Room
  • Opera North/Mira Calix (incl. Festivals at the Barbican, Leeds and York)
  • Contemporary Consort
  • The Chamber Players

RECORDINGS

  • BBC Radio 3 & TV; Naxos; Black Box Records; Walton Façade (with Kit and the Widow); RAM

SESSIONS

  • COOL Music Ltd.
  • Bookers Creative Ltd.

EDUCATION

  • Royal Academy of Music – PGDip (With Distinction) (2000-2002)
  • Cambridge University – MA (Hons) Downing College (1997-2000)
  • Professors: Dame Thea King • Angela Malsbury • Nick Rodwell • Richard Addison (Bass & Eb)

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Instruments
Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Basset Clarinet, Basset Horn, C Clarinet, Eb Clarinet

Ensembles
Gallimaufry Ensemble