Chris Elliott is one of the UK’s most versatile composers. Originally rising to prominence with his work on the music score and song arrangements for Baz Luhrmann’s oscar winning Moulin Rouge! Chris is a composer whose style defies easy classification. From his acclaimed orchestral score to BAFTA award winning Britain At War In Colour, to the feel good charm of Pathe’s romantic comedy Suzie Gold, Chris has never been confined by musical boundaries.
After graduating from Dartington College Of Arts with an honours music degree, Chris began composing for TWI’s fledgling factual department, notably writing the score for the groundbreaking documentary series The Second World War In Colour. With his atmospheric score Chris succeeded in bringing the images to life in a completely original style. The BAFTA award winning Britain At War In Colour followed with two RTS nominations for Chris’ music (2001), as well as an RTS win for best title music (2003) for The British Empire In Colour.
His versatility as a composer and arranger subsequently led Chris to work with Baz Luhrmann on Moulin Rouge! Originally hired at script stage to arrange and orchestrate songs for the film with musical director Marius De Vries, Chris went on to compose a significant amount of additional score for the film. Working in both London and Sydney, Chris spent over two years working on Moulin Rouge!
As well as composing for film and television Chris enjoys a varied career in the music industry, recently arranging songs for both Amy Winehouse’s multi-platinum selling Back To Black album, and Mark Ronson’s hit album Version. Chris has performed with many of the great names in music including Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Tom Jones, The Pretenders, Neil Finn, George Michael and David Gray.