CHRISTOPHER BARNETT flirted briefly with the school drum kit but it wasn't until his late teens that he was able to delve more into the music industry, moonlighting after hours in various recording studios as a tape-op, songwriter and jazz pianist. He subsequently embarked on an intensive period of musical study at several institutions in the UK & US culminating in a MMus Degree in Composition.

"During this time I played Javanese gamelan; Shona (African) drums and mbira, the shamen drum in a Native American spiritual ceremony in rural Ohio USA; whilst also being immersed in the music of Latin and North America, (salsa, samba, bossa nova and jazz); Europe (baroque, classical, romantic and 20th Century); and the Caribbean, (steel pans and reggae). It was all great fun and life changing in many ways."


Blending the music of this eclectic background, from 2000 to the present he has scored music for films. Among them, the award winning, BAFTA nominated comedy, Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story, (with its British all-star cast of Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Naomie Harris, Benedict Wong, Shirley Henderson, Kelly MacDonald, Benedict Wong, David Walliams, Gillian Anderson and Stephen Fry); comedy Borrowed Time(starring Phil Davis); Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) nominated documentary The First Film, (featuring Sir Tom Courtenay, Ronald Harwood and Sarah Lancaster) with other TV productions, feature and short films which have broadcast on BBC, Film4/Channel4, SKY, Horror Channel as well as premiering at many international film festivals.
 
   
 
Most Outstanding Film Music Composer - AI Magazine Global Excellence Awards 2016
Best Film Music Composer: UK & Best Original Score for a Documentary: The First Film (2015) - TMT News Media Awards 2016
 

Aside composing for film he has work published by the LCM Grade 8 piano syllabus. In 2003 he composed incidental music for acclaimed Indian writer, Kiran Nagarkar's "Bedtime Story", (a controversial play based on The Mahabharata, and banned in India over 17 years), which was performed at the 2003 Edinburgh Fringe Festival). In 2008 he composed the music for TheWIFTS Foundation International Visionary Awards. Since 2009, he has also scored several corporate film campaigns for Madame Tussauds, The London Eye and Amnesty International. 
 
"It has been an absolute pleasure and honour for me to study and work with some really fantastic musicians; Roland Perrin (Brotherhood of Breath), Dominic Alldis (Royal Academy of Music), Eddie Parker (Loose Tubes), the late Eddie Harvey (Humphrey Littleton Band), Adam Glasser (Hugh Masekala Band), Mykael Riley (Steel Pulse), The Bridge String and Solaris String Quartets as well as many soloists and chamber ensembles."

In 2014, at the invitation of the United Arab Emirates, he toured with UFO Steelband, (Urban Fox Orchestra), commemorating the Emirates' 44th year of indendence. Chris is an educator and trustee of the children's charity Fox Carnival an organisation which aims to advance children's and young people's chances in life through education, art, music, personal support and cultural activities.

 

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