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Barnaby Taylor
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Barnaby is an Emmy-award winning composer, best known for scoring the landmark BBC series Wild Arabia (2013), the critically acclaimed Nature’s Great Events (2009) and Frozen Planet: On Thin Ice (2012), the winner of the inaugural Music and Sound Award for Best Original Composition for TV. Drama credits include three seasons of the RTS Award-winning The Indian Doctor. Camera Trap, a Bigscope/Pinewood feature film directed by Alex Verner, has been nominated for a Music and Sound Award 2016. Barnaby is sought after for his versatile, intuitive approach and talent for working across musical genres. His scores range from the hard-hitting Shooting Under Fire (2005), a feature-length documentary for National Geographic on the Israeli Reuters News Agency, to lyrical character-driven scores, as heard in the BBC’s Bear Family and Me (2011). Barnaby works regularly with top-flight orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Concert Orchestra, to produce rich and dramatic scores, including the three-part BBC series Ganges (2007) and most recently for the BBC’s Wild Arabia where the orchestral score was augmented with percussion and ethnic instruments recorded at Abbey Road studios. For the BBC series Wild China (2008), he composed pieces for classical Chinese instrumentation, performed by the UK Chinese Music Ensemble. These were blended with orchestral compositions to produce the score that won the 2009 News & Documentary Emmy for Best Music. Barnaby’s passion for authentic sound has taken him to Dhaka to record with Bangladeshi musicians for The Natural World: Man-eating Tigers of the Sundarbans (2008) and to Kenya, to record tribal voices and instruments for the BBC series The Great Rift (2010). His scores have also been brought to the stage. Nature’s Great Events LIVE was performed to rave reviews by the BBC Concert Orchestra with live narration by Sir David Attenborough. The Wild China sc... ...Read more


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