Chris John Payne

British Composer and Musician


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 principle 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. 


Chris Payne supporting act for Gary Numan’s ‘Savage’ UK Orchestral Tour

Chris Payne will be supporting Gary Numan in his forthcoming ‘Savage – Music for a Broken World‘ orchestral UK tour. The venues will be primarily classical music venues, including London’s Royal Albert Hall.

  • Nov. 12th Cardiff – St David’s Hall
  • Nov. 13th Birmingham – Symphony Hall
  • Nov. 15th Newcastle – City  Hall
  • Nov. 17th Manchester – Bridgewater Hall
  • Nov. 18th London – Shepherd’s Bush Empire
  • Nov. 19th London – Royal Albert Hall
  • Nov. 20th Glasgow – Royal Concert Hall