Barnaby Taylor is an Emmy-award winning film and TV composer.
Born into a musical family, with a singer-songwriter father, Barnaby’s childhood was rich with musical inspiration. Self-taught, he was drawn to the piano at a young age before making the switch into film and television production, travelling across the Caribbean, Central and South America, collecting musical inspiration en route and paving the way towards a successful career composing for the screen.
Barnaby’s passion for authentic sound has taken him to Dhaka to record with Bangladeshi musicians for the BBC documentary Tiger Hounds (2008), and to Kenya to record tribal voice and instrumentalists for the BBC series, The Great Rift (2010).
Sought after for his versatile, intuitive approach to writing for western instruments in a way that crosses cultural boundaries, Barnaby scored the BBC series Wild China (2008), for which he won the 2009 News and Documentary Emmy for Best music.
Barnaby was therefore an obvious choice for Disney’s Born In China. Released in China in 2016 to great acclaim, the film hit cinemas worldwide in April 2017. Born In China is Disneynature’s most ambitious film to date, capturing the lives of four enigmatic animal characters, from the frigid Tibetan plateau to the heart of China's bamboo forest.
Following that, Barnaby went on to compose the scores for the spin-off Netflix releases, Ghost of the Mountains and Expedition China.
Other film and drama credits include the 2014 thriller for Bigscope Films, Camera Trap, the darkly comedic, Cannes Film Festival-nominated Up Stood the Ape and three seasons of the BBC’s RTS Award-winning drama, The Indian Doctor.
Barnaby is currently working on projects for Terra Mater, Brian Leith Productions, National Geographic and Silverback.
Barnaby has collaborated with Sir David Attenborough for a live concert and has had works performed at The Royal Festival Hall and Purcell Rooms, London, by top-flight orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and BBC Concert Orchestra.
Barnaby lives and works in west Cornwall where he draws inspiration from the rugged landscape and wild seas.
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