Sparling, Andrew


Andrew Sparling has played guest principal clarinet with many UK orchestras, including the BBC Scottish, Philharmonia, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, London Sinfonietta, Sinfonia ViVA, New Kent Opera and Grange Park Opera.

Andrew also appears regularly with many of the most important Contemporary Music Ensembles in the UK, including the Almeida Opera, Apartment House, Chroma, Double Image, Ensemble Exposè, Gemini, Lontano and the Michael Nyman Band.

As a soloist and chamber musician Andrew performs regularly with the pianist, Thalia Myers and he has also joined the Brindisi Quartet to perform the Mozart Clarinet Quintet, and also the first performance of Gabriel Jackson's Quintet: In Prairial and Thermidor. Andrew has given solo and chamber recitals in the UK, Europe, USA, the Far East and the Middle East.

Andrew has been invited to give recitals at the London Festival of Chamber Music, run by the English String Quartet, every year since 2001

In May 2000, he made his concerto debut at the Royal Festival Hall with the Philharmonia playing theCapriccio Notturno by the French composer, Nicholas Bacri.

Andrew also performs on period instruments, and plays principal clarinet in Charles Hazlewood's orchestra The Mozart Collective, taking part in the BBC 2 drama-documentary series "The Genius of Mozart" broadcast in 2004. Andrew acted the role of clarinettist Anton Stadler and the photo in Andrew's photo gallery (click on the RHS Photo Gallery link) shows him rehearsing Mozart's Clarinet Quintet with the composer. He has since played principal clarinet with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (including a run of Gluck's Iphigénie en Tauride at Covent Garden, on baroque clarinets), Classical Opera Company, Armonico Consort and the Tallis Scholars.

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Andrew Sparling clarinet


Chris Brannick percussion
Thalia Myers piano
Nancy Ruffer flute
Alan Thomas guitar
Double Image


A recital of pieces written for, and by composers associated with, clarinettist Andrew Sparling: Diana Burrell's quintet Double Image; Chris Sansom's theatrical Music From the Heart of a Dog, for bass clarinet and pre-recorded track; and works featuring clarinet by Michael Finnissy, Roger Redgate, Howard Skempton, Michael Parsons, Timothy Salter, Gabriel Jackson and Nick Hayes, and including Laurence Crane's duo for clarinet and guitar, Sparling.


"This disc shows off the clarinet-playing and unusual musical tastes of a familiar figure on the contemporary scene ... The stylistic range is from the jazziness of Nick Hayes' Tongue-Dog to the modernism of Roger Redgate's +R and Michael Finnissy's folkish Uzundara." The Sunday Times 2004


Finnissy, Crane, Sansom, Skempton, Redgate:

Recording date: 27 January 2003 (Finnissy, Crane), 10 April 2003 (Skempton, Redgate), 3 February 2004 (Sansom)
Recording venue: Holy Trinity Church, Weston, Herts

Jackson, Salter:
Recording date: 23 June 2003 
Recording venue: St John the Baptist, Loughton, Essex

Burrell, Hayes:
Recording date: 11 December 2003
Recording venue: Rosslyn Hill Unutarian Chapel, Hampstead

Recording date: 24 June 2004
Recording venue: St Mary's, Walthamstoe

Engineer/ Producer: David Lefeber
Editing & mastering: David Lefeber

Cover image: David Ryan

(P) 2004 NMC Recordings Ltd

Sound And Music/ BMIC
United Music Publishers
Usk Edition
Forward Music
Catalogue number:
NMC D092
Release Date:
1 November 2004