I Saw Eternity: choral works by Alexander Campkin



Reflecting the composer’s life journey, Alexander Campkin‘s choral music is a fascinating odyssey from darkness to light. Recorded by the young voices of the Phoenix Consort, this collection includes new music and premiere recordings, settings of prayers, poetry and Shakespeare, some of it deeply personal responses by the composer to his own life events.

About this release

“I composed I saw Eternity one evening in 2010, after reading Henry Vaughan’s poem of the same name earlier that day. Since then, I have written four further works which reference musical themes of this piece. These are all brought together with Bright Apollo on this album, alongside some of my other choral music, to depict a journey from darkness to light.

The Phoenix Consort have warm and resonant lower voices, whilst the upper voices soar majestically in higher notes. This is exactly the sound I had envisaged when writing this music.”

Alexander Campkin

  • World of merriment - Alexander Campkin
  • Bright Apollo - Alexander Campkin
  • Calm me, O Lord - Alexander Campkin
  • True Love - Alexander Campkin
  • Sleep - Alexander Campkin
  • I saw Eternity - Alexander Campkin
  • I flying - Alexander Campkin
  • Dazzling Darkness - Alexander Campkin
  • Bright Shadows - Peter Warlock
  • Sleep, Holy Babe - Alexander Campkin
  • I saw Eternity like a shadow - Alexander Campkin
  • Tommy’s Carol - Alexander Campkin
  • I saw Eternity and the sun - Alexander Campkin
  • Awake, Awake! - Alexander Campkin
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Production Credits

Recording Engineer Adaq Khan
Producer George Richford
Design Mike Cooter
Executive Producer Adrian Green
Cover illustration Amy Carson
Recording Dates 9th and 10th December 2023
Recording Location St Hild and Bede College Chapel, Durham
Catalogue number CR100