Christopher Barnett


Christopher Barnett has composed jazz, orchestral and experimental scores for independent films which have broadcast on BBC, Film4, Channel 4, SKY, Horror Channel as well as winning awards at many international film festivals. Having studied, formally and informally, performance and composition in 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.

Specialising mainly in films and documentaries, his credits include the award winning, BAFTA nominated, ‘A Cock & 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); ‘Borrowed Time’ starring Phil Davis which was nominated ‘Best of The Fest’ at the 2013 Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) 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 was named ‘Best Film Music Composer: UK’ and ‘Best Original Score for a Documentary: The First Film (2015)’ in the Media Awards and ‘Most Outstanding Film Music Composer’ in the Global Excellence Awards for his music for David Nicholas Wilkinson’s 2015 EIFF nominated documentary, ‘The First Film’ (Film4).

In 2017, he scored the hard hitting, Channel 4 documentary ‘Modern British Slavery’ and a short film, ‘The Sound’ starring Joseph Mawle (Game of Thrones) and Sienna Guillory (Resident Evil: Apocalypse).

As well as work published by the LCM Grade 8 piano syllabus, he has composed incidental music for theatre, corporate campaigns as well as ceremony music for TheWIFTS Foundation International Visionary Awards, (held in London and Los Angeles).

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.