Welcome

Hello and welcome to Alexander Chapman Campbell’s official website! Following the success of ‘Sketches Of Light’ Alexander is delighted to be releasing a new album “Portraits of Earth” in the spring of 2016. This will be accompanied by a UK tour, so stay tuned for details!

 

For those looking for the sheet music for ‘Sketches Of Light’, it can be downloaded alongside the album in iTunes.

 

Enjoy exploring!

About

 

Alexander has taken the world of classical piano by surprise. He has been described as: “not jazz, not classical, not improvised, but maybe a glimpse of something new…”. Having found a natural and uninfluenced style of composition emerging whilst learning the piano at school, Alexander declined a place to study music at university, instead choosing to allow space for his own compositions to flourish.

At the age of 19 he therefore moved to the North of Scotland where he completed “Ten Sketches of Light”. The album came from compositions created during his teenage years and was discovered by ClassicFM in the autumn of 2013 when it was voted album of the week on the popular show Drive, quickly to be voted again as ClassicFM’s album of the weekend. Alexander then re-released the album, entitled “Sketches of Light” under Decca records, which featured two further compositions from his time spent in the wilderness of Northern Scotland. Alexander’s music has appeared across radio and TV, including the BBC’s coverage of Wimbledon and the Commonwealth Games. As a keen artist, Alexander himself produced all of the accompanying original art work for the album sleeve as well as several videos.

After a brief time in England, Alexander returned to Scotland in the autumn of 2014 and in March 2015 recorded his second album “Portraits of Earth”. Following the unadorned production style of the award-winning classical engineer and producer Philip Hobbs, Alexander again worked with Philip on his new album in the inspiring location of Crear on the west coast of Scotland, overlooking the Jura mountains.

With this new album, due for release in spring 2016, Alexander’s expansive and transportive music has a new level of depth and a sense of enrichment. The art work for the new album, created by Alexander’s brother Edward, follows a similar style yet incorporates colour to stunning effect. At the age of just 26, and with a very original path into music, Alexander is a refreshing, captivating and humble performer of his own uncategorisable music.

Born in Guernsey in 1988 to a family of artists, Alexander moved at the age of seven to the hills above Dunblane in Scotland. At twelve he started improvising on the piano, working original passages into the standard exam pieces set by his teacher. His own music was always a secret: “In sixth form I’d be doing my Bach harmonies,” he says, “but still writing privately behind the scenes. I never wanted to mix the two. I didn’t like the thought of my music being marked or measured in some way.” Three weeks away from the start of a music degree at Durham University, convinced that the rigours of classical training would destroy his own composing just when it was bursting into bud, he gave up his place, deciding instead to move to the North of Scotland where he composed alongside part-time work.

At just 18, Alexander already had several albums’ worth of unrecorded music up his sleeve. With a move to  Wiltshire, he finally embarked on the considerable job of writing it all down.

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After a brief time in England, Alexander returned to Scotland in the autumn of 2014 and in March 2015 recorded his second album “Portraits of Earth”. Following the unadorned production style of the award-winning classical engineer and producer Philip Hobbs, Alexander again worked with Philip on his new album in the inspiring location of Crear on the west coast of Scotland, overlooking the Jura mountains.

With this new album, due for release in Spring 2016, Alexander’s expansive and transportive music has a new level of depth and a sense of enrichment. The art work for the new album, created by Alexander’s brother, Edward, follows a similar style yet incorporates colour to stunning effect. At the age of 26, and with a very original path into music, Alexander is a refreshing, captivating and humble performer of his own uncategorisable music.

Music

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Sketches of Light

  1. First Light
  2. Light In The Morning
  3. Light Through The Day
  4. Light On The River
  5. Light On The Sea
  6. Light On The Clouds
  7. Light And The Breeze
  8. Light On The Fields
  9. Light In The Rain
  10. Light In The Storm
  11. Light Towards The End
  12. Light In The North

News

Recording Of ‘Portraits Of Earth’

March 19, 2015

My up-coming second album, Portraits Of Earth, has now been recorded! It was the most beautiful place to record; this was my view from the piano on the second evening!


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Recording Of Second Album

February 10, 2015

I'm excited to post news of the up-coming recording of my second album, 'Portraits Of Earth'. The dates are set for mid-March 2015 at Crear, a remote and stunning venue on the south-west coast of Scotland. The picture says it all!


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Chillout (by ClassicFM)

November 20, 2014

Thank you to ClassicFM for including Light On The Clouds from Sketches Of Light on their new release, Chillout. Now available from iTunes.

   
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Wittersham Concert

Thank you to those who came to my concert in Wittersham, the last rendition of Sketches Of Light for 2014. The Bluthner grand was one of the most beautiful i've played on. Details of concerts for 2015 will be posted soon to my new Concerts page.

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Wilderness Festival

September 15, 2014

Thanks to everyone who turned up for my performance of Sketches Of Light at this year's Wilderness Festival, despite the rain!


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Sketches Of Light is now available!

July 9, 2014

Written over a period of seven years, Sketches Of Light is Alexander's debut album for solo piano. Described as 'not classical, not jazz, not improvised, but is maybe a glimpse of something new', the recordings were discovered and then championed by Classic Fm in the autumn of 2013.

The album has now been re-released in the UK by Decca Records, complete with two further compositions, and is available from Amazon,  iTunes and Google Play!

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Follow Alexander on Spotify!

July 2, 2014

Sketches Of Light is now available for streaming on Spotify! You can also find a playlist of some of Alexander's favourite music; music spanning various centuries and genres. Listen to the playlist here: Ten Favourites Click here to follow Alexander on Spotify.

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