Christopher is currently active in the indie film scene in Glasgow, scoring and producing music for a variety of films and documentaries. Alongside his media scoring endeavours, he also writes and arranges songs, and is now branching out into the classical world by attempting to write his first concert work.
Christopher’s journey in music began when he started to learn the piano at the age of eight. Throughout his piano studies he developed a fascination for musical notation and how music worked in films, all of which ultimately led to his ambition to learn about film scoring and orchestration.
After finishing school, he continued in higher education by first studying Sound Production at college level before advancing on to study composition at Edinburgh Napier University.
Throughout his studies he worked on a number of small notable projects, including: I Am Scottish (2009), a competition entry which won the overall prize at the SQA Star Awards 2009; Once ere Was A Boy (2010), a short film which won several awards; Connection Please (2011), a pilot documentary made for BBC Scotland; and a radio jingle for K.A. Radio: Wide Awake Breakfast Show (2012).
After graduating with a First Class Honours, he continued to work on a variety of projects ranging from student and promotional films, to writing arrangements for songs, and was the piano accompanist for a choir.
By 2015 Christopher began frequently collaborating with the Glasgow Film Crew – a group of filmmakers who contribute their expertise to produce micro, short, and feature length films covering a diverse range of genres. Notable films by the group Christopher has scored are: The Last Equinox (2016); The Turtle Terminator (2017); The Beclowning (2017); and Invasion (2018).
Christopher continues to work on other projects too, including: writing, producing and arranging songs, orchestrating scores, and scoring documentaries, three of which include: In the Arena: Damien Murray (2015); Living With Disabilities in Belarus (2015); and Babcia Kazia (2017).
Christopher received critical praise for his score for The Turtle Terminator (2017), with film critic Richard Propes commenting: “Christopher Belsey’s original music gives the film a quirky zest”. Both his score alongside Ewan Manson’s original song for The Last Equinox (2016) won the award for ‘Best Soundtrack’ at the DonQuest Short Film Festival 2017, and also received a nomination for ‘Best Music’ at the 2017 Maverick Movie Awards.
Folk Renaissance III: continuing our look at folk roots in the concert hall
Traditional: Scottish folk songs
Sally Beamish: String Quartet No. 4, “Nine Fragments” (2018) (U.S. Premiere)
Schumann: Quartet in A Minor, Op. 41, No. 1
Elias String Quartet (Sara Bitlloch, violin; Donald Grant, violin; Simone van der Giessen, viola; Marie Bitlloch, cello)
The internationally acclaimed Elias String Quartet captivated Da Camera’s audience with their encore of Scottish folk tunes when they appeared in 2017. Now they return with two distinct programs. Over two nights, the Elias Quartet traces the history of British music from Purcell to Britten to esteemed contemporary composer Sally Beamish. Anchoring their programs are two great masterpieces by Schubert and Schumann. Their Tuesday program is the second concert at the Menil pairing folk songs with a contemporary works.
John Armitage Memorial Concert
Songs from the Marshes performed by Selwyn College Choir and conducted by Michael Bawtree
Also features Tallis’s Lights for brass quintet and organ.
Featuring Arild Andersen, Tommy Smith & Paolo Vinaccia
Nordic jazz has its own heroes, and foremost among them are master bassist, Arild Andersen and drummer/percussionist, Paolo Vinaccia. Both are admired as pre-eminent jazz masters, and are strongly associated with impressive jazz music that exploits overlooked possibilities. They collaborate here with Tommy Smith and the SNJO to tell new and original jazz stories spun around Norse legends, and together will exploit the unlimited potential of musical imagery.
Imaginations will run riot as Thor swings that famous hammer and Odin’s thunder rolls high above the roof of Valhalla. Scandinavian jazz increasingly incorporates folk and hymnal elements from Norse music. It is a phenomenon that is often reflected in Scottish jazz, and it’s worth noting too that Scottish folk music shares some Norse heritage. This project will demonstrate that startling new music is still waiting to be discovered, created, heard and shared.
Mozart: String Quartet No. 15 in D Minor, K. 421
Sally Beamish: New commission, title to be announced
Schumann: String Quartet in A Minor, op. 41, no. 1
Sandra Porter Mezzo-soprano
Graeme McNaught piano
Bournemouth Chamber Music Society present the Divertimenti String Sextet who will be performing music by:
- Dvorak: Sextet in A major, op.48
- Beamish: Divertimenti
- Brahms: Sextet no.2 in G major, op.36
- SCHUBERT Quartet in A Minor, D. 804, “Rosamunde”
- SALLY BEAMISH String Quartet NO. 4, “Nine Fragments”
- SCHUMANN Quartet in A Minor, Op. 41, No. 1