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: e Last Equinox (2016); e Turtle Terminator (2017); e 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 e Arena: Damien Murray (2015); Living With Disabilities in Belarus (2015); and Babcia Kazia (2017).
Christopher received critical praise for his score for e 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 e 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.
Elias String Quartet
The first of Schumann’s string quartets (1842) is heard alongside a new companion piece written by Sally Beamish – herself a viola player whose music the Elias Quartet has previously championed.
- Henry Purcell (c.1659-1695)
- Fantasias (selection)
- Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
- String Quartet in G Op. 77 No. 1
- Sally Beamish (b.1956)
- Nine Fragments (world première) 
- Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
- String Quartet in A minor Op. 41 No. 1
A woman’s life and love? For Milton Court Artist-in-Residence Roderick Williams, Schumann’s great song cycle opens up some remarkably modern perspectives on identity and the human heart.
‘The joy is the love, the love is the joy’ declares the (supposedly) female narrator of Frauenliebe und-leben. ‘I have said it, and won’t take it back!’ And since human emotion acknowledges no gender, Williams has assembled an entire recital that explores the limitlessly fluid ways in which two souls can merge.
It’s an inspired idea for a song recital: since every song is itself an encounter of words and music, singer and pianist – each enriched by the other. Brahms is a natural complement to Schumann, but songs by Sally Beamish, Herbert Howells and a new cycle by Ryan Wigglesworth all offer an utterly distinctive perspective. For Roderick Williams, though, it’s simply about communication: ‘I’d love audiences to think, “What an amazing juxtaposition of music and poetry this is”.’
A double bill of two fascinating instrumental combinations brings you a multi-award winning trio of harp, viola and flute, Trio Anima, alongside an accordion and cello duo, Park Lane Group Artists Duo Bayanello.
Duo Bayanello, created by accordionist Iosif Purits and cellist Cecila Bignall, will be performing works from Martin?, to John Cage, to NightMusic associate composer Freya Waley-Cohen.? Described as “daring, audacious and simply magnificent?, Trio Anima will bring us works by Rory Boyle, Toru Takemitsu and Th?odore Dubois. The programme will also feature a new commission from T??Cerdd.
Roderick Williams (Baritone) and Andrew West (Piano)
- SCHUMANN: Frauenliebe und Leben Op.42 (A Woman’s Love and Life)
- WIGGLESWORTH: New work
- and additional songs by BRAHMS, CLARA SCHUMANN, HOWELLS AND BEAMISH
The Godolphin Vocal Ensemble will premiere Gemma McGregor’s Love Was His Meaning for SSA Chorus with harp at the Salisbury International Women’s Day service on 8 March 2019 at 6pm at St Thomas’s Church, Salisbury. This piece was commissioned by the Multitude of Voyces as one of a set of four choral pieces by women composers that set text by 14th century mystic, Dame Julian of Norwich.