Christine Barron was born and educated in Birmingham. She started her musical career as a freelance percussionist, which included freelance work with the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Subsequently she has worked extensively as a theatre and cabaret musician with many top entertainers.
Christine has had many years experience as a professional composer and has written over 1000 compositions to date. Her compositions have been extensively heard both in the UK and worldwide. She has composed music for Film, Television and Radio (including Audio-visuals and Corporate Productions), Commercials, Library and Production Music, Concert Music, Electroacoustic Music and Printer Music for percussion, woodwind and string instruments in the Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers catalogue. Subsequently Chappell Music Ltd. commissioned her to write a library album of short pieces to be used as ‘jingles’, theme and incidental music for TV, radio and films. This album has been distributed throughout the world. Her success in the TV commercial ‘jingle’ field has led her collaboration with Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers on a number of albums including an album recorded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
As a leading authority of all aspects of percussion, she has written two comprehensive percussion tutors with CD for the internationally acclaimed, award winning and best selling ‘Learn As You Play’ series of instrumental tutors by Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers. These are: Learn As You Play Drums – New Edition with CD Learn As You Play Tuned Percussion & Timpani
Christine is well known in the UK and abroad for her innovative Percussion Workshops/Master Classes featuring percussion. As an example, she has given a Percussion Composition Master Class for the Evelyn Glennie Award for Percussion Composition at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall. Currently, Christine is working as a percussion specialist adjudicator for Music Festivals around the UK and in 2001, she was awarded the skills qualification of the Post Graduate Certificate in Performance Adjudication (PGCA) from Leeds University.
During recent months and for the most part of 2005, Christine has been busy updating her Learn As You Play Drums book, (which now includes a CD), published by Boosey & Hawkes, and was released during April 2006. Christine is now heavily involved with giving workshops promoting her new edition of the book for the New Workshops Scheme, presented by Schott & Co. Ltd and Boosey & Hawkes. Christine is also now heavily involved with giving workshops, promoting her new book ‘Drum Styles Made Easy’ through workshops organised by Schott Music Ltd. on behalf of Boosey & Hawkes. CDs: