The Composers’ Fund: Alexander Campkin
The project is to compose music for choir and string orchestra for a new CD recording. The music will be a representation of my emotional journey with multiple sclerosis. The CD will then be recorded and performed by the Chamber Choir of Europe and conductor Nicol Matt. Whilst the music will be specific to my own experiences of secretly living with MS for half my life, it will set texts which will be relevant to many listeners in different circumstances. It will touch on feelings of personal conflict, loss, loneliness, the search for courage, optimism, determination and resolution.
Alexander Campkin’s music, described as ‘fresh and attractive’ by Gramophone, has attracted the attentions of some of the top ensembles. His work has been performed or broadcast in over two hundred countries and features on over 20 CDs. Alexander (b. 1984) has received commissions from organisations including The Royal Opera House, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, The London Mozart Players, The Royal Ballet Sinfonia, The Swedish Arts Council, Ampersandance Contemporary Dance Company and The Theatinerkirche Vokalkapelle Munich. He studied at Oxford University, the Royal Academy of Music and the University for Performing Arts in Vienna.
“I am thrilled to receive this award from The Composers’ Fund. It will allow me time to compose music for choir and string orchestra for a new CD recording with the Chamber Choir of Europe and conductor Nicol Matt.”