Mark Simpson (clarinet)
It was at his primary school that Mark was given the opportunity to learn music. After learning the recorder he was given the chance to take up flute or clarinet. After hearing the opening clarinet swoop of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue he realized there was no other choice.
Any opportunity to perform was a good one, and he performed across the North West, performing in period dress in Liverpool’s Willliamson Tunnels or playing the Mozart and second Weber concertos in Chester and Kendall respectively. He is the only person to win both Young Instrumentalist and Young Pianist of the Year in the Liverpool Festival throughout its entire 80-year history. He is currently principal clarinet of the National Youth Orchestra.
Mark is also a composer. He has had works performed by the NYO Sinfonietta, Psappha and the RLPO’s Ensemble 10/10. His first commission from 10/10,
It was as if the world stood still …was broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Hear and Now. His second, a Septet, was reviewed by The Times which commented ‘two tautly worked movements of coruscating textures, melodic nuggets and rhythmic ingenuity…only possible with genuine, 100 per cent talent’. Future commissions include a piece for the NYO and the RLPO for 2008.
Mark attends the King David High School in Liverpool. He studies Art and German and studied A-level Music alongside his GCSEs, gaining one of the top five scores in the country. At the Royal Northern College of Music Junior Department he studies clarinet with Nicholas Cox and composition with Gary Carpenter.