Fund our first commercial recording

by Phoenix Consort in Durham, England, United Kingdom

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We are seeking funding to release a new choral album of music by Alexander Campkin.

by Phoenix Consort in Durham, England, United Kingdom

About the Album

The album is based on the concept of a journey through the night, darkness, links with Alex’s own life experience and the challenges he has faced through living with Multiple sclerosis. He feels that we are the right choir to be able to present his music (including some premiere recordings) and we feel that it’s something we’d be proud to produce as the groups’ first commercial album. We have a Label on board to help produce and release the project, who have experience in working with choirs of our standard and helping to promote and advocate young musicians. As it happens a number of their production team are graduates of Durham University.

Your impact on the musicians

"Speaking as the group’s artistic director, I can’t understate the value an investment in the disc would grant us; the chance to record professionally as young, aspiring musicians does not frequently present itself, and I, and my dedicated singers, would be ever more grateful for the career-forwarding prospects this album could present. We are to compete in our first international competition in November of this year, so to continue this possible step up in the group’s recognition with a recording would be invaluable. As a musician from the north, I have also experienced the regional disparity in the opportunities available in choral and classical music, so would endeavour to use this album as a platform to increase the group’s influence in the region’s classical music production, continuing to work with schools and youth choirs around the area." - Adam Whitmore, Artistic Director.

What will we use the funding for?

In order to undertake this project, we, the choir, will need to raise this funding to cover the costs associated with the commercial recording, production, and release of this album. This would include the hire or a recording venue, engineer and producer. They would record and produce a CD master, with the Label. The figure accounts for partial investment of time and finance from the Label, without which, the sum would be higher. The recording will include the production and distribution of physical CDs, given that the audience for this music includes many who still purchase it in this media, and that choral publications tend to request CDs for review purposes. The album will also be distributed digitally.  

Alexander Campkin writes...

“The music for the album is focused on my composition ‘I saw Eternity', a work in six movements setting poignant texts by Henry Vaughan. 

Composing this has made me question my own background. I've used my own personal journey of having been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis as a teenager. I explore and depict the calming emotions that I have experienced, expressed within the music. I question my understanding of eternity, hope, optimism, and I see the piece as a celebration of life. 

The central part of the text is:

‘I saw Eternity the other night,

Like a great ring of pure and endless light,

All calm, as it was bright’

Other pieces include my compositions Veiled by night, Everlasting voices, Sleep, True love, Calm me o Lord, and World of merriment. 

The album takes the listener on a calming, peaceful journey through night, light and eternity, using the medium of choral music.”


We appreciate any and all support in making this recording possible, so we would be honoured to offer what we can in return:


  • Recieve a copy of the CD when it is published.
  • Free ticket to the album launch concert in Summer 2024.


  • Have your name listed in all future programmes.
  • We will send a free CD upon publication.
  • Free ticket to the album launch concert in Summer 2024.


  • Be listed as a key contributor on the booklet of the album and in all future programmes.
  • Receive complimentary tickets to all our upcoming concerts and events.
  • Receive a free CD upon publication.

If you have any questions or would like to give via a different method, please don't hesitate to contact us on [email protected]

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