Mark has returned to live in the UK with his family and is available for online brass lessons and also performances (once the current situation changes). Mark wishes everyone all the best during these challenging times.
Mark gives a brass masterclass and recital to students at the BSAK school in Abu Dhabi.
Mark returns from a recital tour to Pune, India.
Mark becomes an artist for K&G mouthpieces. He now plays exclusively on a K&G 4D mouthpiece.
Happy New Year! Mark started the year with a guest soloist performance at the Al Ain Music Festival in the UAE. Then he will be preparing for recitals in India and at the ITEC 2019 in Iowa, USA. This is an exciting time!
Mark just finished a mini tour of Dubai with accomplished musician A.K Radaydeh. It was a wonderful opportunity for the euphonium to feature alongside instruments like the Oud and the Duduk, both ancient instruments. Mark is now looking ahead to some exciting events over Christmas and into 2019!
Mark is currently enjoying the summer holidays in the UK with his family. This is giving him the opportunity to also do some private teaching and work with some lower section brass bands in the Midlands, including The Staffordshire Band, Walsall Band and City of Birmingham Band.
Mark has had a busy year working as head of music in Dubai. Feedback on his CD Hustle is very positive and hopefully more and more people can get to hear it. It has already featured on a number of radio stations around the world and if you would like to order a copy fill in the form on this site.
After a long summer holiday (which saw Mark helping out his old band Staffordshire and some other lower section bands) he has now started back to his head of music position in Dubai. Mark is extremely excited to announce that plans are in full swing for his first solo CD recording. The CD will be recorded in Dubai in December 2017 and will feature a lot of new original music commissioned by Mark. It will be expected that the CD will be available early in 2018. If you want to pre-order a copy, get in touch with Mark directly. Mark also has some ensemble projects lining up with the Bavarian Camels and ex-members of The Groove Tones from Kuwait. The most exciting news is that April 2018 will see Mark make his first trip to Taiwan where he will perform the 'Euphoria!' Euphonium Concerto by Zaidi Sabtu-Ramli! This concerto was commissioned by Mark, first performed in Brazil and will also feature on Mark's new CD.
Mark has been busy with his new role in the UAE but is planning some events for the future. He is looking forward to being part of a youth brass bonanza in April and some exciting solo projects. If you would like to discuss any teaching or performance opportunities with Mark, drop him an email!
Following successful recitals in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia and Hong Kong, Mark travelled the long distance to perform as a guest artist in the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference (ITEC) in Knoxville, TN. Mark performed music by Alex Thio and Zaidi Sabtu-Ramli plus some other works and attended masterclasses by leading low brass players from around the world.
Mark performs a solo recital in Jakarta, Indonesia. The recital included a new arrangement of Gabriel Faures 'Pavane' and the world premier of 'Lullaby for Lucy' by Alex Thio. A new composition, dedicated to Mark's daughter!
Happy Christmas and Happy New Year! Lots of exciting events lining up for
2016 along with some big changes for Mark and his family. Check out the events page for updates.
Congratulations are in order for Mark's student Kang Chun Meng who has been named as a finalist in The Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Concerto Competition. The final is in January!
Concerto premier in Brazil!! Click to read more....PLUS WATCH THE PERFORMANCE!!
Busy times ahead for Mark in the lead up to Christmas with teaching and performances around SE Asia, South America and the UK, on top of his teaching duties in Singapore. See events for updates on what Mark is up too!
Mark is currently rounding up his teaching for the school year and looking forward to a family holiday back to England for the summer. Keep an eye on the events page for a full up to date list of future events.
Mark is currently in Sydney, Australia for a family holiday but he is also performing at the National Brass Band Championships with the St Mary's Band. Due to the sad passing of Singapore's founding father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew the concert on March 29th was cancelled. This was to be the premier of a new euphonium concerto which Mark commissioned. The premier will now be in Malaysia in September. Check out the events page to see what Mark is doing and if you are interested in discussing any new events just get in touch. HAPPY EASTER!
Last year Mark was invited to give a euphonium masterclass for the musicians of the Singapore Armed Forces band. Since then Mark has been asked to become a regular tutor and has already started teaching some students. Mark is helping them work towards taking their LTCL examination and has been impressed with their attitudes and effort so far. CLICK HERE FOR PICS
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Mark enjoyed a family holiday in Australia over Christmas but is now working hard on a 90 minute recital programme he will perform in Brunei next month. He is also making preparations for events throughout the year that will see him performing some world premiers!
December is set to be very busy for Mark with teaching and performances. He is especially looking forward to performing with Steven Mead and attending his masterclass.
Mark has also now got his hands on the first movement of a brand new euphonium concerto by Malay composer, Zaidi Sabtu-Ramli. It is going to be an awesome addition to the euphonium repertoire. Following the Christmas holidays Mark will begin working on this piece and should any wind bands be interested in performing it in the future then please get in touch with Mark.
Mark becomes a Sterling Euphonium Artist.
Mark has been busy recently performing The Planets Suite with the Orchestra of the Music Makers and he was also a guest artist during the Singapore Trombone Festival where he performed the Bourgeois Trombone Concerto and a duet with Adam Frey.
Check out the COMPOSER/ARRANGER section above for new music just added!
A euphonium concert and concerto performance along with some welcome visitors from the UK all came together to create a very busy time for Mark. The euphonium concert was a great success with all soloists performing well and money raised for the Salvation Army charity in Singapore. Mark was also very grateful for the opportunity to work again with the awesome pianist Alex Thio. Following this, Mark started rehearsals with The Catholic High School Band under the direction of Adrian Chiang ready for his debut solo appearance in the prestigious Esplanade Concert Hall in Singapore. Rehearsals went very well and the young students in the band worked very hard on their difficult musical programme. The day itself came around quickly and following a run of the concerto in the hall itself, Mark was ready for what was potentially his biggest solo performance ever! Mark was due to perform the Sparke Euphonium Concerto No. 1 as the final piece in the first half and relaxed backstage with his wife and daughter prior to taking the stage. The performance was very well received by the almost sell out audience and Mark even had a little encore up his sleeve which had the audience talking as they went into the interval. The students from the Catholic High School were the stars of the show and it was a real privilege for Mark to work with them.
Mark recently gave a masterclass to students from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and has future classes being booked which will see him working with the Singapore Armed Forces and other prestigious schools in Singapore. Mark has briefy worked with the SAF in the past where he had the opportunity to teach the super talented young conductor (and euph player) Ignatius Wang!
Mark is very proud to announce the birth of his first child. Mark's wife and baby are both doing fine and Mark is loving being a new dad.
Feel free to check out the Euphonium Concert on 5th April!!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Mark is currently confirming his events for this year and for 2015 but is very excited to announce that he will be making his first soloist appearance in the prestigious Esplanade Concert Hall in Singapore in April where he will perform the Philip Sparke Euphonium Concerto Number 1. He is also confirmed to be delivering some performance classes for students at The Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. Keep an eye out for more events to come and if you are interested in contacting Mark regarding any events please feel free to get in touch! This year will also see the birth of Mark’s first child, so it is set to be a great year!
Mark is looking forward to spending Christmas in the UK with his wife, Nicky and seeing family and friends. 2014 looks to be an exciting year for many reasons so keep an eye out for any updates and new events!
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!
New ARTICLES section of website is added above with masterclass documents, a write up from Mark's recent trip to Shanghai and a full review of the JP Sterling euph! More to come soon!
Another good review of The Orchestra of The Music Makers recent Wagner performance is published by 'Classical Voice North America' where reviewer Robert Markow states:-
"......The bass trumpet, a notoriously unreliable and intractable beast to play, was expertly handled....."
A concert in which Mark performed on bass trumpet with The Orchestra of the Music Makers in The Esplanade Hall, Singapore gets a great review in The Straits Times.
New photos added from Mark's visit to Thailand!
Mark is very pleased and proud to anounce that he has just started his post of Principal Study Lecturer of Euphonium at The Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore.
Mark has recently returned from an amazing 3 week American road trip holiday where he also got married to his wife, Nicky. He is currently working towards his performance at the Thai Brass Festival in Bangkok and his bass trumpet performance with The Orchestra of Music Makers in Singapore. He has also been working hard with his Australian School brass students ready for a recital concrt at the school.
Mark has been in discussion with the organiser of The 2013 Thailand Brass Festival where he will be a featured soloist during a low brass recital, watch this space for further news!
Mark has been invited to perform the Bass Trumpet part in Wagner's Gotterdammerung with the Orchestra of the Music Makers, Singapore. The concert will be in The Esplanade Concert Hall in August 2013.
Mark recently enjoyed performing with The Windstars Ensemble in The Esplanade Hall, Singapore and also performed as part of a brass ensemble for the Australian International Schools ANZAC Day assembly.