Ingeniously intertwined…piece of symphonic music by the arranger Paul Campbell
— Richard Morrison, Chief Culture Writer, The Times
“I consider it a great privilege to spend my working life collaborating with such talented, creative people. Diversity is part of the joy of the job”, says Belfast-born composer/arranger Paul Campbell, whose work has been heard and recorded across the world — from Carnegie Hall and Buckingham Palace to the iTunes Festival, Abbey Road Studio One, and the closing notes of the BBC Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London. His music has featured on programs performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Finnish National Opera, and the Singapore Symphony, to name a few.
As an arranger and orchestrator, Campbell has garnered a wealth of experience across a wide array of genres in the musical world, writing for many household musical names, including: Sir James Galway, Nicola Benedetti (“Homecoming” – 2014 iTunes Classical Album of the Year), and Irish folk sensation, Celtic Woman (US Billboard Classical, Classical Crossover and World No. 1 album “Voice of Angels”). His work has featured on film and TV productions by Warner Brothers, Dreamworks, and HBO, and Campbell has provided orchestrations on a growing number of commercials for global brands, including the Audi 2020 Super Bowl campaign for their electric SUV — the e-tron.
As a conductor, Campbell has worked with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (for Universal/Decca), the Orchestra Italiana del Cinema (for Russell Watson), the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of Ireland, the Irish Film Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, and the New Irish Choir and Orchestra.
Campbell was the visionary behind the Ulster Orchestra’s 2020 lockdown initiative ‘Your Song Now’, inviting local songwriters to submit their own songs to perform with the Orchestra. Alongside artist mentors Duke Special and Kitt Philippa, Campbell produced, arranged, and conducted an album of the finalists’ work with the Ulster Orchestra, entitled ‘Our Songs, Our Place’, which was subsequently featured on BBC prime-time ‘The One Show’.
Away from his work, Campbell treasures his family time with wife, Susie, and their two children, Bethany and Daniel. He enjoys photography and good food (a bit too much!).