Christopher Barnett

Composer

Music

Film & Documentary

  • Getting Away with Murder(s) - Auschwitz-Birkenau
    4:04
  • Getting Away with Murder(s) - Lithuania
    5:00
  • Getting Away with Murder(s) - Branau Am Inn
    1:28
  • A Dose of Happiness - A Dose of Happiness Suite
    7:17
  • A Dose of Happiness - Love
    1:56
  • Change of Heart - Aspettera
    3:58
  • Postcards from the 48% - The 48
    1:16
  • Postcards from the 48% - Pettigo
    1:54
  • Modern British Slavery - Slave Traders
    1:11
  • All the Wild Horses - A Way of Life
    1:15
  • Speer Goes to Hollywood - Actors Presentation
    1:24
  • Speer Goes to Hollywood - First of May
    1:38
  • Speer Goes to Hollywood - Kristallnacht
    1:15
  • Joy Womack: The White Swan - Dance Split
    2:57
  • Borrowed Time - Borrowed Time – Main Theme
    1:57
  • Anglesey Road - Anglesey Road-Suite
    3:56
  • Welcome to the Majority - End Credits
    2:41
  • Breaking Boundaries - Joy of Ballet
    1:14
  • Breaking Boundaries - Getting Ready
    1:25
  • Breaking Boundaries - Collusion
    1:13

Biography

Composer

Christopher Barnett is a versatile and dynamic composer known for his work in cinema and television. He seamlessly blends contemporary electronics with lush orchestration, resulting in impactful and emotionally charged scores. With an eclectic background in chart music, jazz, classical music and ethnomusicology, working with studio orchestras in Bulgaria, Budapest and London, (in particular Air Edel and Air Lyndhurst), he composes orchestral and experimental scores rich in thematic and ambient textures which bring films and documentaries to life.

His experience in scoring documentaries is noteworthy. In 2021, he completed his third collaboration with filmmaker David Wilkinson, GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER(S), narrated by Dame Irene Atkins and Julian Glover, investigates why so many rank-and-file Nazis escaped justice at the end of WWII. This followed the political POSTCARDS FROM THE 48%, (which features personalities such as Sir Bob Geldof, Dame Joan Bakewell, Professor AC Grayling CBE, author/screenwriter Ian McEwan, and several prominent British politicians), and THE FIRST FILM, narrated by Sarah Lancashire and nominated Best Documentary Feature Film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

He recently completed the score for the International Film Festival Rotterdam nominated, Indonesian drama YOHANNA, directed by Robby Ertanto, and BREAKING BOUNDARIES, his second dance-themed feature documentary for director Dina Burlis following JOY WOMACK: THE WHITE SWAN, which charts the story of the first American to train and dance with the Bolshoi Ballet. He also scored the hard-hitting MODERN BRITISH SLAVERY for Channel 4 and the adrenalin-packed ALL THE WILD HORSES, which took Best Score at Jefferson State Flixx Festival 2018.

Barnett’s extensive list of credits includes A DOSE OF HAPPINESS, (the feature film adaptation of journalist Vesela Toteva’s biography “Downfall and Salvation: Confessions of a former heroin addict,” the score recorded with the Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra in Sofia), bittersweet BBC Films comedy BORROWED TIME, (starring Phil Davis), voted Best of The Fest (2013) at Edinburgh International Film Festival and rom-com, THREE MINUTE MOMENTS, for which he composed an orchestral, jazz-based score with songs and lyrics for a vocal duet. He was an additional composer for the BBC Films, BAFTA nominated A COCK AND BULL STORY (with its British all-star cast of Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Naomie Harris, Benedict Wong, Shirley Henderson, Kelly MacDonald, David Walliams, Gillian Anderson and Stephen Fry); and, SPEER GOES TO HOLLYWOOD which won Best Documentary at the Israeli Academy Awards and was nominated for Best Score by International Documentary Association Awards.

He has composed music for theatre, concerts, academia (LCM Grade 8 piano syllabus), and corporate campaigns for organizations such as TheWIFTS Foundation International Visionary Awards, Amnesty International, London Eye, Madame Tussauds and Canon. In 2020, his contemporary classical piece “Crepuscule” was amongst the featured music released on a double album of Air-Edel’s esteemed, worldwide roster of composers and artists in response to the COVID-19 pandemic which benefits the musical charity, Breathe Arts Research.

Barnett holds an MMus from the London College of Music and a BMus from Roehampton Institute where he composed and performed classical music, jazz, Balinese gamelan, Caribbean steel pans and the music, culture and spirituality of the Zimbabwe Shona and Native America, (the latter in the USA with a Native American mentor, an Elder of the Choctaw nation). In 2015 at the invitation of the UAE, he toured with the Urban Fox Orchestra playing steel pans to commemorate its 44th National Day celebrations.

Professional voting memberships include BAFTA, PRS, The Ivors Academy and World Soundtrack Academy. He is a visiting professor at the London College of Contemporary Music and National Film and Television School.

Representation

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