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Clare Balding goes on a musical walk in the Cairngorms National Park with composer Alexander Chapman Campbell, whose piano compositions are inspired by the natural world.

A musical walk around the Cairngorms National Park with the self-taught composer, Alexander Chapman-Campbell. Alexander's latest album is inspired by a 650km pilgrimage through Norway in the summer of 2015. He had intended to have a break from composition but, en route and completely by chance, Alexander came across pianos in the farmhouses he stayed in, and the churches he visited. So began the instinctive process of creating an album, 'Journey to Nidaros' (Nidaros is the Cathedral in Trondheim, where his trek ended.) He recounts this adventure to Clare, as they walk in the Cairngorms National Park, a place that reminds him very much of Norway.

Their walk is a five mile circular route around the Glen Tanar estate, near Aboyne, a village on the edge of the highlands, just 26 miles west of Aberdeen.

Producer: Karen Gregor.

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Sat 23 Jun 2018 06:07

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Presenter Clare Balding
Interviewed Guest Alexander Chapman Campbell
Producer Karen Gregor


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