Classically trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London and the Juilliard School, New York, Barnaby's involvement with film music began in 1999 as music advisor to director Michael Winterbottom on "With or Without You", in which he also featured as clarinet soloist on the soundtrack with the Philharmonia Orchestra. Since then he has worked as a consultant on "Two Brothers"/Jean-Jacques Annaud as well as performing on numerous film scores including "Finding Neverland", "Shackelton", "State of Play", "Kon-Tiki”, ”Hummingbird”, "Jimmy's Hall" and “Wild Oats”. He started to compose for film in 2005, with a score for the short film "Plastic”, which won the ‘Audience Choice Award’ at the 2006 London International Festival of Science Fiction Film and was nominated for a Melies D'Or award at the Ravenna Festival in Italy.
Barnaby was commissioned by Mammoth Productions to provide additional music for ITV1's "Endeavour" series, including the online promo. As a prolific composer of ‘production (library) music’, he continues to write and produce for The Scoring House/WestOne Music labels. His tracks are heard regularly on the BBC, ITV, Sky and are used by broadcasters in Europe, the USA and Australasia.
Barnaby worked with co composer Adam Lewis, scoring "188.8.131.52", the Universal Picture from BAFTA winner Noel Clarke (Kidulthood/Adulthood). Barnaby was the music arranger on the film and scored the "184.108.40.206" teaser trailer. His music production company 'excellentmusic Ltd' provided musicians for on set performance and post production studio sync sessions.
Other work includes, original music for the feature length "Bike Squad", a Hat Trick comedy/drama for ITV1, written and directed by Guy Jenkin (Outnumbered) & scoring the award winning short film "Heartbreak Hotel" for documentary maker Evy Barry. Production tracks for KPM and Extreme Music libraries and a number of scores for commercial clients including 'BPTV’ and the Aga Khan.
He is an enthusiastic collaborator and since the early 90’s, has worked with the BAFTA wining sound designer Martin Cantwell, on a diverse array of projects from producing indie rock bands to recording music by Steve Reich for use in live performances. Clients have included BBC Radio 3, the London Sinfonietta, Editpool and Hat Trick Ltd.
Barnaby has recently collaborated with Scottish composer Malcolm Lindsay, writing a work for clarinet, samples and spoken voice, inspired by the photographs of Margaret Watkins. The piece has been released on Lindsay’s new album “After the Snow”.
Barnaby is currently working with director Joss Maines and subliminalfilms scoring the short, ‘The Wager’ and with long term collaborator Mark Davis on Retro Juice's next feature film project, 'Hinterland'. He also composed tracks for a new album from KPM/EMI music library. His collaborative piece 'Watkins' with Malcolm Lindsay, received it's premiere at the Royal College of Music, London in February 2015. Barnaby will be releasing an album of collaborative projects during 2015.
Barnaby's commitment to realising a directors musical vision and ability to adapt to an evolving brief is second nature, as is his ability to deliver on time and to budget. His classical training together with a passion for studio based technologies, gives him the ability to create stylish and innovative scores to the highest of professional standards.
Barnaby works from his studio in Kent, based around a a Logic/Pro Tools set up with an extensive sample library and facilities for live recording and surround mixing.