Laurence Chapman - Composer

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

Inkle's Heaven's Vault Nominated for Two Awards

Inkle’s Sci-Fi Archaeology game, Heaven’s Vault (with music by Laurence Chapman) has been nominated for a Golden Joystick Award for PC Game of the Year and a TIGA award for Best Role-Playing Game.

The Golden Joystick Awards will be announced on Friday November 15th, and you can vote here.

The Tiga Awards winners will be revealed on Thursday November 7th at London’s Natural History Museum.

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Total War: Three Kingdoms Released

The latest instalment of the popular Total War saga is released today. Laurence worked as an orchestrator on the project during 2018 and 2019. Set in ancient China, the score features Gezhung, Erhu and many other region-specific instruments in addition to the orchestra.

The music was composed by the Creative Assembly in-house composing team led by Richard Beddow.

Heaven's Vault Soundtrack Promo Release

A Soundtrack album for Heaven’s Vault is on the way and to whet everyone’s appetite here is a free download. The album will be available as a download from both Bandcamp and Steam upon the game’s release and there will also be a limited run of physical CDs.

The free track, Before The Fall, features Leos Strings, the composer at the piano, and was recorded and mixed by Richard Brooker.

Orchestrating Total War: Thrones of Britannia

In early 2018 Laurence worked as an orchestrator on Richard Beddow's and Richard Birdsall's score for the latest installment of the Total War Saga set in England, 878AD.

With ten playable factions, players build and defend a kingdom to the glory of Anglo-Saxons, Gaelic clans, Welsh tribes or Viking settlers. As a result, the music features a range of folk influenced sounds and traditional instruments.

The game is out now and available from the Steam Website

Knightfall airs December 6th on History Channel

Throughout the first half of 2017, Laurence worked as Music Assistant and Orchestrator for Andy Price on the upcoming History Channel’s upcoming drama Knightfall. The 10-part series tells the tale of the Knights Templar’s loss and ensuing search for the Holy Grail across medieval Europe. The score features orchestra, choir and an array of soloists who accompany us through the sieges of Acre to the taverns, court intrigue and battlefields of 13th century France.   

Orchestrating Professor Marston

In the summer of 2017, Laurence worked with David Butterworth on the orchestrations of Tom Howe’s score to Professor Marston and The Wonder Women. The film stars Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote and was directed by Angela Robinson. It tells the story of the development of the Wonder Woman character by William Marston, aka Professor Marston. 

The album is available from iTunes

$99 Orchestra record "A Dash Across Hollywood"

The $99 Orchestra have developed from a 30-piece ensemble to a range of choices now including a choir and a rock band as well as smaller string groups recorded in London.

For their latest sessions, Laurence submitted a short piece for their 56 piece orchestra featuring plenty of Hollywood-esque stylistic flourishes to see what they could do in half an hour. As it turns out, they can do a fair amount.

Sorcery! 4 The Crown Of Kings Released

The final installment of the Sorcery! saga is out now on iOs, Google Play and Steam. The game features music by Laurence Chapman recorded by the same orchestra that played on the second and third chapters. All of Laurence's themes to the series below are available to download via bandcamp (see below) and the sheet music can also be downloaded here. 

Cape Guy Recording Session With Leos Strings

On the hottest day of 2016 so far, four members of Leos Strings and their sound engineer Richard Brooker bravely agreed to be sealed into a studio for a few hours to perform Laurence's music to Ben Nicholson's (a.k.a Cape Guy) upcoming game.

The session was a great success with the intrepid quartet polishing off the music in a little over two hours with occasional breaks for lollies, gallons of cold water, or just to sit outside and slowly gasp. The game and the music are planned for release in November 2016.

From left to right: Rhiannon James, Michael Jones, Rachel Shakespeare, Laurence Chapman, Caroline Pether.

Leos Strings Rehearse extracts from 1st String Quartet and 'Suffolk Sketches'

In a recent recording session which included music for indie developer Cape Guy, Leos Strings also rehearsed extracts of Laurence's in-progress concert works. These included his 1st String Quartet and parts of 'Three Suffolk Sketches'; both works will be completed in the next few months. Extracts can be heard below.

Members of Leos Strings rehearsing some works in progress by Laurence Chapman

Members of Leos Strings rehearsing some works in progress by Laurence Chapman

Smog to feature in London Independent Film Festival

Smog, a short fantasy film featuring music by Laurence Chapman will feature in the the London Independent Film Festival on April 22nd.

Directed by Rafe Gibbons and produced by Jack Thomas O'Brien, the film tells a story in which a giant smog cloud has blocked out the sun and turned London into a totalitarian state. Schoolgirl Molly and her grandfather come up with a plan to bring the sunlight back, building a magical airship to clear the skies.

Smog is an original story, combining live action and 2D animation. It was made for family and fantasy audiences, and has a strong environmental theme.

Original Sorcery! 3 score available online.

The original handwritten score for the extended version of 'Sorcery! 3 The Seven Serpents' is available via Issuu and YouTube. Being slightly larger than A3, the score was difficult to scan and the results are by no means perfect, but the YouTube video in full screen mode and HD should give reasonably good results.

The .pdf file is too large to host on this website, but can be seen below on Issuu. Downloads are enabled, but may require users to sign in.