Christopher Barnett’s catalogue of composed music covers the spectrum from scores for independent film, documentary to television and corporate campaigns.
With over 45 films to his name, he has proved to be a prodigious and versatile force within the UK film industry.
His most recent music score credits include A Dose of Happiness’, the film adaptation of Bulgarian journalist, Vesela Toteva’s biography, ‘Downfall and Salvation’. Confessions of a former heroin addict’ and the ALS themed documentary, ‘There’s a Hole in My Bucket’, narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch.
Throughout 2017, illustrating his reach and arc of musical composition, he scored a range of projects from the hard hitting Channel 4 documentary ‘Modern British Slavery’ to the adrenalin packed, multi-award winning ‘All The Wild Horses’, about the world’s longest and most dangerous horse race, covering 650 miles of wild Mongolian terrain which took Best Score at Jefferson State Flixx Festival 2018. He also scored the sci-fi short, ‘The Sound’, starring Joseph Mawle from Game of Thrones and Sienna Guillory, (Resident Evil: Apocalypse).
In the last quarter of 2017 and the beginning of 2018, Barnett finished scoring the Brexit themed documentary, ‘Postcards From The 48%’, featuring those who voted to Remain in the EU, the 48%, sourcing opinions and data from a wide geographical area across the UK and featuring known personalities including Sir Bob Geldof, Dame Joan Bakewell, Professor AC Grayling CBE and bestselling, award-winning author and screenwriter, Ian McEwan alongside a number of British MPs.
In 2016 Christopher scored the Edinburgh International Film Festival nominated documentary feature, ‘The First Film’, about Louis Le Prince, the very first person to shoot moving images on a camera. The documentary, narrated by Sarah Lancashire, garnered much media attention in the UK and the USA including media awards for Best Score & Best Composer UK.
Other credits include the BBC Films, 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 and Theo Barklem-Biggs), voted Best of The Fest at the 2013 Edinburgh International Film Festival and ‘Three Minute Moments’, a romantic comedy for which he composed an orchestral, jazz based score with songs and lyrics for vocal duet.
As well as composing orchestral and experimental scores rich in thematic or ambient textures, he has work published by the LCM Grade 8 piano syllabus, incidental music for theatre, corporate as well as ceremony music for TheWIFTS Foundation International Visionary Awards, (held in London and Los Angeles). He has also assisted colleagues as part of the music department recording at Air Edel, Air Lyndhurst and Abbey Road Studios. 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.
Christopher holds a BMus from Roehampton Institute/Univ. of Surrey and an MMus from London College of Music in Composition.