I love writing for Docs and Factual TV, and especially enjoy creating the perfect mood with music. I'm keen to listen, take the feeling you want to portray, and turn that into music which gives a whole new layer to your production. I write in many styles from organic, quirky, upbeat acoustic tracks to emotive orchestral pieces, ethnic scores and ambient, electronic soundscapes.
Factual TV: I recently created original music for The Wonderful World of Puppies by Blakeway Productions / Zinc Media for Channel 5 (12 X 60min). My production music tracks have been used on a huge range of shows worldwide from Panorama, Horizon and Watchdog to BBC's Mary Berry's Quick Cooking, ITV's Long Lost Family and C4's Kirstie's Homemade Christmas.
Documentaries: for documentary scores I love to record unusual instruments and create textures with built up layers, and I enjoy reflecting the emotion on screen. You don't need to know musical terms to brief me, just tell me the feel, mood or pace you're looking for in each cue. Recently I scored EQUAL, a film by Gillian Callan for Erica Starling Productions.
I hope you enjoy my previous work, and thanks for visiting!
Contact Me to talk further about bespoke music for Documentaries and Factual TV.
Original Music for The Wonderful World of Puppies
Blakeway Productions / Zinc Media for Channel 5
12 X 60min Series 3
"Claire has a great feeling for popular television and an ability to produce the perfect light touch. On The Wonderful World Of Puppies, she created a library of distinctive tracks that became the signature of the series, each one cleverly capturing a different 'puppyish' mood. Claire was a delight to work with, turning round pieces/ versions/ stems very quickly and adapted a number of pieces to picture for extra drama. I would highly recommend her."
Paul Bradshaw - Series Producer
Charting the fight for Equal Marriage in Northern Ireland
Dir. Gillian Callan, Erica Starling Productions
Original Score by Claire Batchelor
Screened at Galway Film Fleadh, GAZE Dublin and nominated for The Iris Prize
Factual TV Placements
A selection of my Library music placements including The Apprentice, BBC News, Homes Under The Hammer, and Old School With The Hairy Bikers.
The Tiger Files: Tiger Tank
History of The Tiger Tank, Dir. Nick Da Costa.
Feature length Documentary for DVD
Original Score by Claire Batchelor
The Wonderful World of Puppies
Doc & Factual Jukebox
Life, Death and Cheerleading
Documentary: Life Death and Cheerleading, Original Score. "The inspirational cheerleading grandmothers of Arizona who refuse to act their age.” Dir. Claire Tailyour
Screened at Underwire, AFI Docs, WOFFF
After The Bullet
Short Documentary, Original Score. "In 2008, terrorist attacks in Mumbai left 168 people dead. Vinita Kamte has dedicated her life to finding out the truth about her husband's death."
Dir. Zia Trench
My music score starts from 0:50
The Final Reel (Trailer)
"The Final Reel" is a feature length documentary narrated by Sir John Hurt and takes an affectionate and entertaining look at our nations' obsession with cinema.
Original Score by Claire Batchelor, Alex Ball and Scott Hazell
"Claire is what every documentary-maker needs; positive, to deadline and able to translate vague thoughts, ideas and feelings into a musical score that adds an entire new layer to the final work." - Zia Trench, Director
"Claire did an incredible job for our documentary, 'The Silent Cancer'. With something that has been incredibly personal and important to us and all involved, it's been brilliant to have Claire produce music that instinctively fits the mood and themes of The Silent Cancer so perfectly. Her work helps to shape and pace our film, bringing great emotion and pathos to a difficult subject matter. Her professionalism and talent is simply fantastic, and we can't wait to work with Claire again soon!" - Alastair Clayton & Stuart Laws, Director/Producer, The Silent Cancer
"Claire can take a Brief. In my book, there is no higher praise. At very short notice, we asked her to produce three key themes for a 70-minute documentary we were producing. The three pieces were exactly right, capturing the mood we needed perfectly. Wish we'd left more space for the music!" - Nick da Costa, Writer & Director