Olivia Sparkhall studied composition at Durham University with Paul Archbold, composing for the Northern Sinfonietta and the Flower Quartet as part of her studies. Since moving to South West England, she has focused primarily on writing vocal music, notably for her choir to sing on the BBC One’s Songs of Praise programme. Recent commissions have been for International Women’s Day services in 2018 (Lux Aeterna) and 2019 (Faith and Hope). She was short-listed in the Cappella Nova competition in 2018 for Dona Nobis Pacem. Gabriel’s Message (2018) received its premiere (in the version with piano accompaniment) in Southwark Cathedral and (in the version with harp accompaniment) in Salisbury Cathedral. Olivia has written various pieces for chamber ensemble, both for professional groups and for children. These range from wind quintets and percussion pieces to the multi-violin arrangement, Jingle All The Way. Her music can be viewed and purchased on her website.


Recent Compositions

2018 Lux Aeterna for SSAA Girls' Choir, SA Women's Chorus and harp (commissioned by Multitude of Voyces)

2018 Dona Nobis Pacem for SATB (short-listed in the Cappella Nova Composers' Competition)

2018 Gabriel's Message for SSA and harp (premiered at Salisbury Cathedral)

2018 Gabriel's Message version for SSA and piano (premiered at Southwark Cathedral)

2018 Jingle all the way for four violins and piano (with optional sleigh bells)

2019 Faith and hope for congregational use (commissioned by Multitude of Voyces)

2019 Crucifixus for SATB

2019 Che si puo fare? Strozzi arr. Sparkhall for SSA and piano

2019 Mass (commissioned by Multitude of Voyces)

Photo by Ash Mills


Olivia Sparkhall

Olivia Sparkhall Composer Conductor
Olivia Sparkhall with Judith Weir
Photo by Stephen Lycett
Salisbury , Wiltshire
United Kingdom
51° 4' 7.626" N, 1° 47' 40.0992" W
Wiltshire GB