Alexander Campkin started a Masters in Composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London in 2006. In 2005 he finished his BA in Music at the University of Oxford, where he was Choral Scholar at St Catherine’s College, Assistant Organ Scholar at Trinity College, and conductor of the Oxford Chamber Choir and Arcadian Singers of Oxford University.
After university he took a gap year in which he founded the Minimalist Ensemble for performance of contemporary music, who performed in the Sheldonian Theatre and produced a CD. In June 2006 Alexander was interviewed live on Oxide 87.9 FM in a one-hour composer portrait. He has studied composition under Robert Saxton and Stephen Montague, and has received tuition from Simon Bainbridge and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. His composition Scan achieved recognition in the BBC Proms Young Composers Competition, with extracts played on BBC Radio 3.
In 2007 Alexander will be composing pieces for the BBC Singers, Contemporary Music Making for Amateurs, an animation project in collaboration with animators at Bristol University, and a commission from the Royal Academy String Orchestra. Performance venues for his compositions include Westminster Abbey, The London Oratory, the Oxford University Church, Trafalgar Square, The Queen’s College, the Holywell Music Room and The Royal Academy of Music.