Laurence Chapman - Composer

Laurence Chapman is a classically - trained composer and pianist. Recent work includes the Sorcery! saga and 80 Days from Inkle Studios. 

We can’t recommend Laurence’s work highly enough. He grasped the tone of our project really quickly, and produced a theme which is confident, rich and complex and well exceeded our expectations. Highly professional, and great tunes.
— Jon Ingold - Co-founder, Inkle Studios

Biography

Laurence was born in Cambridge in 1985; growing up in a music-filled household he began composing after hearing the film scores of Jerry Goldsmith. His early music consisted of compositions for his school orchestra at Thomas Mills High School and various jazz trios and quartets of which he was a member before writing for local youth orchestras.

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At Southampton University, he studied with the Head of Music at the National Theatre Matthew Scott and the highly versatile composer Andrew Fisher both of whom instilled in him a disciplined approach to compositional technique and orchestration. Whilst at Southampton, Laurence wrote the score to a Nuffield Theatre production of Spring Awakening using 60s pop songs manipulated in ways to reflect the eerie setting of the production.

Several more theatre scores followed with The Secret Garden and Merlin and the Cave of Dreams for the Maddermarket Theatre.

Whilst living in London in the late 2000s, Laurence arranged and performed piano parts on two EPs with Ed Sheeran – clips of which are below and can now be purchased on iTunes.

In 2013, Laurence worked as a Music Assistant to BAFTA Nominated Andy Price on Law & Order UK -  an experience which allowed him to develop his skills as a composer and write to picture at an advanced standard. He has continued to work with Andy on three series of the CBBC adaptation of Hetty Feather - contributing addtional music to the third series which is due out in 2017.

In 2014, he completed a score to the short film Smog as well as Inkle Studios' multi-award winning game 80 Days.  Following the success of his music to Sorcery! 3, Laurence was invited to provide music not just for the  concluding chapter in the series, but a replacement theme for Sorcery! 2. Recording sessions for the series took place in November 2015 and are now available from bandcamp

In 2016 he composed additional music alongside (Andy Price) for the third series of the BBC show Hetty Feather contributing new themes for episodes 9 & 10. He moved straight from this to assist Andy on the History Channel's drama Knightfall where he provided additional music and served as an orchestrator with David Butterworth.

Heaven's Vault, a sci-fi archaeology game from indie developer Inkle Studios is his latest project. The score, for strings, piano, synths and solo voice, was composed from 2017-2019 and is available to download from bandcamp.

He currently lives in Brighton with his fiancée (who takes pictures of him while he’s gazing enigmatically into the distance) and their dog, Benji.

He lists his main musical influences as, Bach, Beethoven, Shostakovich, Brahms, Mahler, Elgar, Stravinsky, Walton, Jerry Goldsmith, Harry Gregson-Williams, Alexandre Desplat, John Williams and more recently, James Macmillan, Peter Maxwell-Davies, Thomas Adès and Oliver Knussen.