Chris Payne is a British orchestral composer for film & television. A classically trained musician who studied alongside Michael J. Stewart at Chichester Music College and Trinity College London. He has recorded for many production music companies such as Chappell, BMG, Zomba, Carlin, Bruton, Universal, Warners and PMOL and conducted the LSO and Prague Philharmonic Orchestras for his scores for film and TV.
His project ‘Celtic Legend‘ and Gothic Orchestra have been featured on Classic FM TV and featured artists like Arthur Brown, Peter Sarstedt, Gwenno Saunders and Emily Ovenden. Chris was also the principal keyboard player for Gary Numan from 1979-1990 and recorded the seminal album ‘The Pleasure Principle‘ followed by Telekon, Dance, and played viola and violin on many more recordings plus tours. Chris co-wrote the 80’s Visage hit ‘Fade to Grey‘, sharing writing credits with Midge Ure and Billy Currie of Ultravox. He has recently been working on songs and commissions with producer and DJ Rusty Egan and has a solo piano album released on the Kassner music label.