“I’m looking for your support to record my third album, inspired by a very special journey I took alone on foot through an ancient Norwegian landscape.”
The Inspiration behind Journey to Nidaros
In the summer of 2015, British composer Alexander Chapman Campbell spent five weeks walking a 650km ancient pilgrimage route in Norway. He was looking for solitude, wilderness and time away from the piano. But it didn’t quite go to plan.
"It was supposed to offer me a break from music. I had no expectation of playing or even seeing a piano. But something amazing happened on that journey and it turned out to be the most creative five weeks of my life.”
By chance, wherever Alexander went, however remote, pianos appeared. “The first place I stayed in had four pianos,” he recalls.
Alexander found himself pouring out music, inspired by the beauty of the landscape around him. Over the five weeks of walking, he took any opportunity he could to play; in churches, halls or people's homes. From Alexander's journal:
9 July, Day 17, Rondane Mountains: "I went to the piano, feeling a bit lost and challenged by the journey. But the music began to work. There was a lot of emotion behind it. I played with my eyes closed. Ideas came and something began to emerge.”
Alexander used his rare ability to memorise music instantly after he has composed it. He carried all of the music in his head and heart until he returned home and was able to write it down. The result is Journey to Nidaros, a beautiful collection of piano music inspired by his journey from Oslo to Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim.
Photo Credits Hugh Carswell
Alexander Chapman Campbell is a British composer and pianist who has forged a unique musical path for himself. Born into a family of artists, he turned down a place to study music at university, instead choosing to focus on his own compositions which had been such a natural part of him since his early teens.
His music has become known for its striking beauty. Described by ClassicFM as "refreshingly original”, his first album Sketches of Light was selected as Album of the Week in 2013 and has since been aired widely across radio and TV.
In 2016 he self-released Portraits of Earth, his second album, dedicated "to the beautiful place we all share; the living world we call Earth". It was the highest new entry in the classical charts at number 15 on its week of release, and continues to enchant listeners.
Alexander lives in a quiet corner of the North-East of Scotland where he spends his days composing, writing, teaching piano and composition, and walking in his native Highlands.
As a thank you for backing this campaign Alexander is offering you exclusive downloads, signed CDs, prints of the album artwork, hand-written manuscripts, a private concert or even your own personally commissioned piece of music. Many of the rewards are highly limited, so get in quick.
To get multiple rewards from those on offer, simply make additional pledges and select a different reward each time.
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Why Alexander needs your support
Having self-funded, released and toured his previous, acclaimed album Portraits of Earth, Alexander now needs your help to record and release his third album, Journey to Nidaros. By backing this campaign you will be helping to cover the upfront costs of recording and promoting the album.
With your vital financial and energetic backing, Alexander plans to reach new audiences.
"Together we can bring these new compositions to life and spread them far and wide. You'll be the first to hear them and I'm excited to be offering a range of unique rewards in appreciation of your continued support."
How will the money be invested? (Figures based on previous costings, quotes and rounded)
Recording and Production: Alexander is planning to record Journey to Nidaros with acclaimed producer/engineer Philip Hobbs. Having recorded his previous two albums, the pair have a great relationship and Phil guarantees to capture the natural sound of the piano within a beautiful space. £4,500
Promotion: Alexander's wife, Megan, handled all promotion and press for Alexander's 30 venue tour of Portraits of Earth. To take his music to the next level, they will now be enlisting the help of a carefully-selected professional PR company. £3,000
Video: If the target is reached, then a stretch target will be created with all funds going towards creating a music video
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Album Artwork by Alexander's brother Edward