David Ballantine

David Ballantine

Music Composer

Belfast, United Kingdom

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March 2014
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About David

website: https://www.davidballantine.net/

David Ballantine is a composer and songwriter from Belfast, Northern Ireland, with experience across a range of subjects.

He wrote the score for a powerful 90-minute documentary 'Collusion' aired in 2015 on RTE; the ‘Jackie’s the Boy’ series, broadcast on BBC1 in August 2010 and ‘As Others See Us’ (BBC, 2011), a documentary focusing on journalists who reported on The Troubles in Northern Ireland.

He provided the music for the award-winning DVD 'Amazing Buddies' in 2013.

Other soundtracks include ‘Oz: Around Australia on a Triumph’ (DVD); BBC ‘Spotlight: Divided Orange’ and ‘The Pox Doc’ (both BBC, 2011); ‘Spotlight: Home Truths’ and ‘Are Ye Comin out to Play’ (DVD) in 2012.

'As Others See Us' received the highest BBC audience approval rating in the UK for 2011.

June Tabor’s version of Ballantine’s song ‘A Tale From History (The Shooting)' appears on her Quercus album released in March 2013 by ECM. His song ‘Paint’ was a featured number on the soundtrack of an Australian movie, The Extra. Siobhan Skates recorded three Ballantine titles for her 2010 album ‘Better Than a Dream'.

His songs are now being recorded and performed by an eclectic range of performers – from folk and country through to jazz - including Peter Corry, Susan Tomelty, Mary Duff, Cattle Company, Romeo Texas, Jennifer Licko and Brigid O’Neill.

IMDb link, extended bio

'As Others See Us': documentary where four war reporters return to Northern Ireland to reflect on the Troubles and the progress made since. With Martin Bell, Kate Adie, Bill Neely and Peter Taylor.

“It was a pleasure working with you. The music added so much to the programme.”
- Tony Curry, producer As Others See Us

'Oz: Around Australia on a Triumph': epic journey exploring the wonders of Australia, its history, and its characters. Starring Colin O'Carroll and Geoff Hill.

“Thanks again for all your help, it has really made the film into something special.”
- Matt Curry, producer Oz: Around Australia in a Triumph

'Jackie's The Boy': series with Jackie Fullerton meeting Irish people who've lived the American Dream.

“I really appreciate the work you put in. I'm truly delighted with what you did. It looked and sounded great.”
- Michael Beattie, producer Jackie’s The Boy

David Ballantine, 1 Colenso Court, Belfast BT9 5BB, N Ireland. Tel. 0044 2890 665536
(from USA: 01144 2890 665536), Mob. 07743 543752 david.ballantine1@
website: https://www.davidballantine.net/

Unique traits: Individual but sympathetic style. Very versatile. Easy to work with, passionate about what I do, won't break the bank.


  • Collusion

    Collusion (2015)
    Documentary by RTE (New Red TV) Composer

  • Free

    Free (2014)
    Film (short) by Director: Tom Rawding Composer

  • Are Ye Comin Out To Play

    Are Ye Comin Out To Play (2012)
    Documentary by Bluebird Media Composer

  • Spotlight: Divided Orange

    Spotlight: Divided Orange (2011)
    Documentary by BBC Composer

  • Oz: Around Australia On A Triumph

    Oz: Around Australia On A Triumph (2011)
    Documentary by Bluebird Media Composer

  • As Others See Us

    As Others See Us (2011)
    Documentary by BBC Composer

  • The Pox Doc

    The Pox Doc (2011)
    Documentary by BBC Composer

  • Jackie's The Boy

    Jackie's The Boy (2010)
    Documentary by BBC Composer

  • Gillespie Investigates: Domestic Terror (2016)

    Gillespie Investigates: Domestic Terror (2016)
    Television by BBC/Brendan McCourt (New Red TV) Composer

  • How To Defuse A Bomb: The Project Children Story (2016)

    How To Defuse A Bomb: The Project Children Story (2016)
    Documentary by BBC/Northern Ireland Screen/Alleycats Films (Des Henderson) Composer

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