Mark Simpson b. 1988

This leading young British composer and clarinettist was in 2006 the first-ever winner of both the BBC Young Musician of the Year and BBC Proms/Guardian Young Composer of the Year competitions. He has written commissioned works for BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and National Youth Orchestra. His orchestral fanfare Sparks will open the 2012 Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.