Wednesday 3 October 2018

Alexander Campkin's Sent from God

Alexander Campkin - Sent from God
The Chamber Choir of London's new single has recently been released, the latest in a series of monthly singles which the choir is releasing. 

Conducted its music director Dominic Peckham, the choir performs Alexander Campkin's anthem Sent from God, a striking a cappella piece which mixes tonal contemporary idioms with some rather interesting chant-influenced writing. There are hints of John Tavener in the choral writing, but the use of a solo soprano line in dialogue with the full choir creates a very striking effect. As ever, the choir gives a lovely vibrant and focused performance, attacking Campkin's writing with straight, direct tone.

Alexander Campkin is a young British composer who studied at Oxford University and at  the Royal Academy of Music. His commission from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, hoping, received its London premiere at the BBC Proms in August 2018. His anthem Sent from God sets verses from the first chapter of the Gospel of St John, and was commissioned for Birmingham Cathedral

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