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, Horror Channel, winning awards at many international film festivals. Having 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’, (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), the BBC Films’ bittersweet comedy ‘Borrowed Time’, (starring Phil Davis, produced by BAFTA nominee, Olivier Kaempfer); which was an audience ‘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 minimalist piano score to 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’,‘ sci-fi short, The Sound’, starring Joseph Mawle (Game of Thrones) and Sienna Guillory (Resident Evil: Apocalypse) , and the adrenalin packed documentary, ‘All The Wild Horses’ which won ‘Best Score’ at Jefferson State Flixx Festival 2018.
His most recent credits include the compelling, political documentary, ‘Postcards from the 48%’ (featuring Miriam Margolyes, Patrick Stewart, Bob Geldoff, Bonnie Greer, Rachel Johnson, Nick Clegg, Alastair Campbell, AC Grayling, Peter Tatchell, Joan Bakewell and Vince Cable); the ALS themed documentary, ‘There’s a Hole in My Bucket’, (narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch) and Bulgarian feature ‘A Dose of Happiness’, his orchestral string score recorded in Sofia with members of the Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra.
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.