Barnaby is video maker, music and science communicator as well as an award-winning composer of contemporary classical music.
He creates video essays on music for his YouTube channel Listening In, analysing music from film, classical music and music in art and literature. The videos aim to provide complex information in an acessible format, combining intricate visual and musical storytelling devices to convey an idea in an engaging way. Since releasing his first video in 2019, Listening In has gone from strength to strength, gaining over 100,000 subscribers and over 5 million views.
As a composer, Barnaby's compositions have been performed widely in the UK and internationally by groups including the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of Opera North, the Berkeley Ensemble, the Ligeti Quartet, the choir of St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Cathedral Choir and Illuminare choir. In 2018, his work for large orchestra, Quanta, was selected as the winner of the Toru Takemitsu Composition award. The piece, which was one of four to be selected for the final of the competition by Unsuk Chin out of 143 entries from 40 countries, was first performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra in May 2018. Barnaby is the only composer from the UK to have received first prize in the history of the competition.