Chris Letcher

Composer for Film & TV

Chris Letcher is a film composer, songwriter and lecturer in screen music composition at the University of Edinburgh. He has recently finished composing music for Channel 4’s The Cane Field Killings (2022), an eight-part TV series produced by Fremantle and starring Iain Glen.

Letcher’s score for Matthys Boshoff’s The Story of Racheltjie De Beer (2019) won Best Feature Film Score at the South African Film and Television Awards, an award he had previously won in 2016.

Letcher has published on issues of process in screen music creation and representation in African cinema in Music, Sound, and the Moving Image, Journal of Film Music, and Ethnomusicology Forum, and has contributed a chapter to the Routledge Companion to Screen Music and Sound. He has a doctorate in Music from the Royal College of Music. Highlights of Letcher’s film music work include scores for Ntshavheni wa Luruli’s Elelwani (2013), Zee Ntuli’s Hard to Get (2014), and the BBC film The Challenger Disaster (2013), starring William Hurt. His score for acclaimed Malaysian director Bradley Liew’s Motel Acacia (2019) played in competition at the Tokyo Film Festival and he has scored the box-office smash the Kandasamys films (2016, 2019, 2021).