Mark Simpson (clarinetist)

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Mark Simpson
Born (1988-09-26) 26 September 1988 (age 30)
Liverpool, England
Years active2005–present

Mark Simpson (born 26 September 1988) is a British composer and clarinettist from Liverpool, who won the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2006 title on 20 May 2006, playing Nielsen's Clarinet Concerto with the Northern Sinfonia and Yan Pascal Tortelier at The Sage Gateshead. In the same year, Simpson was also the winner of the BBC Young Composer of the Year competition, becoming the only person in history to have ever won both competitions.

He resides in Merseyside and attended King David High School, Liverpool before attending the Royal Northern College of Music junior department where he studied clarinet with Nicholas Cox.

He was also Principal Clarinet in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, playing a Peter Eaton clarinet. After a term at the Royal College of Music, Simpson spent the rest of his gap year in Berlin, and attended St. Catherine's College, Oxford University reading for a BA in Music from 2008–2011.

He is a composer, who was commissioned by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain to write his first orchestral piece, Threads for Orchestra , which premièred at The Sage Gateshead on 1 April 2008. His It Was As if the Earth Stood Still was broadcast over BBC Radio 3's "Hear and Now" in November 2005,[1] and his Lov(escape) in the concert he gave as one of the finalists in the Young Musician competition in September 2006.[2] In 2015 he was announced as the BBC Philharmonic's Composer in Association.[3]

He has played at the Last Night of the Proms in 2007 at Hyde Park London, performing Artie Shaw's Concerto for Clarinet.[4]

On 3 July 2008 he played in Liverpool as the solo clarinetist for the premiere of Emily Howard's Liverpool, The World in One City along with the Liverpool Youth Orchestra and 500 primary school children.[5]

In 2014 he was awarded one of the five Sky Academy Arts Scholarship, which during the scholarship he wrote his work The Immortal which was awarded the Classical Award at the South Bank Sky Arts Award in 2016.[6]


  1. ^ "Ensemble 10/10 Program Listings on Hear and Now". BBC Radio 3. 2005-11-05. Retrieved 2008-01-19.
  2. ^ "Wigmore Hall Series of Young Musician Finalists: Mark Simpson". BBC Radio 3. 2006-09-14. Retrieved 2008-01-19.
  3. ^ "Mark Simpson named as the BBC Philharmonic's new Composer in Association". Gramophone. 26 February 2015.
  4. ^ "BBC - Proms - Proms in the Park - London".
  5. ^ "BBC - Liverpool - Capital of Culture - Capital of Culture Mark was commissioned to write a piece for the Last Night of the Proms. sparks will be performed at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday 8 September 2012. Events".
  6. ^ Catherine Jones (6 June 2016). "Liverpool composer Mark Simpson wins a prestigious Sky Arts Award". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 3 November 2018.

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