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.
A selection of movements exploring the historical and modern roles of faith in music, including work by Rory Boyle and Haydn’s Seven Last Words. Our Classical Rush Hour series tickets all include a drink – arrive at the bar from 5pm, get a drink and take your seat for an hour of the best classical music.
A celebration of the music of Rory Gallagher
Winners of The European Blues Awards 2013
Gerry McAvoy – bassist with Rory for over 20 Years
Brendan O’Neill – drummer with Rory Gallagher for 10 Years
Marcel Scherpenzeel Winner Best guitarist Dutch Blues Award 2017
The Glasgow Barons, conducted by Paul MacAlindin, kick off the West End Festival by filling Govan Old’s wonderful acoustic. Norrie MacIver, lead singer of Skippinish, collaborates again with Govan Reminiscence Group to debut the first of his two new sets of songs about Govan’s heroines and heroes.
Holst: St Paul’s Suite
Mendelssohn: String Symphony no.4
Norrie MacIver: Songs of Govan Old part 4
Suk: Serenade for Strings
Katherine Wren will perform ‘Joy’ for solo viola by Gemma McGregor at this concert by Nordic Viola.
Gerry Jablonski and The Electric Band are are high energy outfit from Scotland that blend blues roots with influences of classic rock. According to Classic Rock magazine, “Jablonski has the blues under his fingernails” and last year they certainly created quite a stir at the Colne Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival!
Anyone who has never seen Gerry and The Electric Band on stage is truly missing an incredible energetic, visually exciting and ear pleasing performance. With a past appearance at Jools Hollands Jamhouse for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, being voted Best Solo Act at two festivals and a presence at numerous other festivals across the UK and Europe, this is a band not to miss !
Trio Anima came together at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. The trio won the Elias Fawcett Award for Outstanding Chamber Ensemble at the 2012 Royal Over-Seas League Competition, have performed as Live Music Now! artists. Concert engagements have taken the trio across the UK and further afield. On the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme, they enjoyed a series of concerts at music clubs, and continue to perform widely at venues including St David’s Hall, Conway Hall and The Music Room at Champs Hill. In tonight’s concert, Trio Anima performs a colourful programme of British and French music focussing on the first major works ever written for this combination at the turn of the 20th century, Arnold Bax’s Elegiac Trio and Debussy’s Sonata, and the legacy both composers left to this day, and featuring Trio Notturno by Rory Boyle, commissioned specially for the Trio.
Star trumpeter, Tom Poulson, teams up with The Glasgow Barons,conducted by Paul MacAlindin, to premiere Alasdair Nicolson’s new concerto for trumpet and strings, The Govan Stones.
Mendelssohn: String Symphony no.1
Alasdair Nicolson: The Govan Stones (premiere)
Arvo Pärt: Trisagion
Mendelssohn: String Symphony no.10
The work of the youthful Mendelssohn frames this concert. Written between the ages of 12 and 14, his 12 string symphonies are highly accomplished works both here showing all the light and shade characteristic of his later music. Alasdair Nicolson’s new work has been commissioned by the orchestra and relates to the famous carved medieval crosses and hogback stones in Govan Old Church. Pärt’s Trisagion is an intense work taking its inspiration from the Slavic Orthodox prayer of the same name; it is a characteristically meditative and ritualistic piece.
The Glasgow Barons are one of Scotland’s newest orchestras which is already breaking boundaries and are based in the Govan area of Glasgow. They are joined by the virtuoso trumpet player Tom Poulson who, following his studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, is now performing all over the world.
The Glasgow Barons
Paul McAlindin Conductor
Tom Poulson Trumpet
Mendelssohn String Symphony No.1 in C
Alasdair Nicolson Concerto for trumpet and strings (Govan Stones) World Premiere
Arvo Pärt Trisagion
Mendelssohn String Symphony No.10 in B minor
An intimate evening with Rab Noakes in this lovely westend loft space, part of the Westend Festival.
2019 sees Rab Noakes’s lifetime in music’n’song flourish as he continues to tour and record. This year he has embarked on a 5-year expedition titled ‘Distance No Object’. In 2018 he marked 50 years of professional performance and released an album, the celebratory ‘Welcome to Anniversaryville’.