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Philip SparkePhilip Sparke (b. 1951) is recognised internationally as one of the foremost composers for brass and wind band. His music features regularly in the Own Choice section at the European Championships, including Music of the Spheres (2004), Perihelion (2013) and Raveling, Unraveling (2016) which have become influential competition pieces. Philip’s work was first used at the European Championships in 1980, when Land of the Long White Cloud was the set test, and it has been chosen on three further occasions, including Tallis Variations, which was commissioned for the European Championships in Birmingham, 2000.




The Challenge Section test piece will be provided by Vaida Beinariene (b.1977). She is agraduate of the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre in 2002, where she studied composition with Julius Juzeliunas and Vytautas Barkauskas, the two leading Lithuanian composers. While her work often explores new sounds and unconventional playing techniques, ordinary sounds such as those of a moving train or breaking sea waves have also become a source of inspiration. Vaida’s chamber and solo music has received awards in competitions organised by the Lithuanian Composers’ Union.







Jan de HaanJan de Haan (b. 1951) is respected throughout the work of brass and wind bands as prolific composer, conductor, teacher, publisher and adjudicator. He has worked with famous brass, wind and fanfare bands from Brighouse and Rastrick in Yorkshire to the Kosei Wind Orchestra in Tokyo.  Jan was the musical director of the Dutch brass band Soli Brass until 1994. Between 1978 and 1989 he served as conductor, composer and arranger for Dutch radio and television, producing over 400 music programme. In 1983 Jan founded the publisher De Haske and now devotes his time to composing, arranging and conducting.


KazysKazys Daug─Śla (b. 1960) is an award-winning composer/arranger, conductor and teacher. He is an associate professor at the Lithuanian Academy of Music in Vilnius, where he teaches conducting, scoring, music history and arranging. He composes in many styles from marches and overtures for wind orchestra to children’s songs and is a prolific arranger. In 1990 his arrangement of the Lithuanian State Anthem was awarded the Grand Prix. The repertoire of the State Wind Orchestra "Trimitas" and Lithuanian Army Band includes a many of his compositions and arrangements.