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Chris Barnett

Chris Barnett

Module Leader - Scoring to Picture

Christopher Barnett has composed jazz, orchestral and experimental scores for independent feature films which have released internationally as well as broadcast on BBC, ITV, Film4, Channel 4, SKY and the Horror Channel, winning awards at many international film festivals. Chris studied jazz, classical and ethnomusicology intensively in the UK and US. He holds a BMus from Roehampton Institute/Univ. of Surrey and an MMus from London College of Music in Composition.

His credits include the BAFTA-nominated comedy, A Cock & Bull Story, and Three Minute Moments (2009), a romantic comedy for which he composed an orchestral jazz based score with songs and lyrics for vocal duet.

In 2016, Christopher won the Best Film Music Composer: UK and Best Original Score for a Documentary: The First Film awards in the Media Awards, as well as the Most Outstanding Film Music Composer award in the Global Excellence Awards for his minimalist piano score to David Nicholas Wilkinson's 2015 EIFF-nominated documentary The First Film (Film4).

In 2017, he scored the Channel 4 documentary Modern British Slavery, the sci-fi short The Sound and the adrenalin-packed documentary All the Wild Horses, for which Chris won the Best Score award at Jefferson State Flixx Festival in 2018.

His most recent composing credits include the compelling political documentary Postcards from the 48%, the ALS-themed documentary There's a Hole in My Bucket and the Bulgarian feature A Dose of Happiness. His orchestral string score for the latter was recorded in Sofia with members of the Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra.

Alongside composing, Christopher has also assisted colleagues as part of the music department recording at Air Edel, Air Lyndhurst and Abbey Road Studios; and in 2014, at the invitation of the United Arab Emirates, he played steel pans on tour with UFO Steelband, (Urban Fox Orchestra), commemorating the Emirates' 44th year of independence. 


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