Born 1978 in London, Charlie Jefferson is a British composer and music producer who has lived in Scotland for over 20 years.

His training as a classical guitarist collided with the world of electronic production in the late 1990s and ever since the resulting work demonstrates a love of exploring these diverse fields. Since graduating from the University of Glasgow in 2000, Charlie has been hooked by the process of collaborating with filmmakers and is still fascinated by the power that music has to transform and to elevate visual mediums.

With a background as a successful composer for television and media productions, in recent years Charlie has moved increasingly into the field of feature production and drama. A versatile composer, his current work and style is interested in concepts of landscape, external and internal, and he works with the guiding principle that feeling and emotion always come first. The resulting work, an emotive and atmospheric blend of rootsy acoustic elements, orchestral instrumentation and minimal electronica has proven popular with award winning film makers worldwide.

Charlie now lives just outside of Edinburgh in bonnie, coastal East Lothian.


Charlie is a very talented composer who delivered some evocative and beautiful music in a wide range of styles for ‘Future of Food’ a BBC2 series looking at food production around the world.
— Gareth Williams, Series Producer, BBC
THE SCORE…sounds GORGEOUS! Thanks so much for putting that all together so last minute! You’re a music making wizard genius man!
— Jessica Ashman, BAFTA Award Winning Animator
Charlie is a very talented and versatile composer but just as importantly, a true professional. When you find someone like Charlie on your team you make sure to keep him there!
— Martin Glegg - Creative Director, Wallop


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official selection Tribeca Film festival 2019

Charlie’s score for feature documentary ‘Scheme Birds’ is due to premiere at the TriBeCa Film Festival, 25th April 2019. Charlie’s score will be available through Manners McDade Publishing soon - [Update, April 16th 2019]

Scheme Birds centres on Scottish teenager Gemma and the people in her life: her grandfather, who raised her after her mother abandoned her; her boyfriend Pat; her unlucky best friend Amy; and her neighbour JP. Their scheme is Jerviston, a place where you “either get knocked up or locked up,” where there’s been nothing to do since Margaret Thatcher closed the local steelworks in the 1980s. Everyone finds a distraction to stay out of trouble: Papa keeps pigeons and teaches boxing, the kids drink and commit petty crime, and Gemma finds motherhood. 

Directors Ellen Fiske and Ellinor Hallin paint an intimate portrait of this fading town, and of Gemma as she comes of age in a place scarred by society’s broken promises. But Gemma's tenacity and determination shine through her surroundings. Her budding voice accompanies the film’s dreamy cinematography, providing a chilling commentary on the violence and loneliness all around her. Thanks to the sensitivity of the filmmakers, and Gemma's strong personality, there is a clear strand of hope in this absorbing story of survival.

Jule Rozite, Tribeca Film Festival

Awards & Nomitations:

Official Selection Tribeca Film Festival 2019, nominated for Best Feature Documentary

Official Selection Hot Docs 2019 – The Changing Faces of Europe.

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Memories of America

by Charlie Jefferson

An atmospheric and emotionally charged exploration of minimalist Americana, inspired by memories of the American landscape.

Available to licence through Audio Network

Selected tV Credits


An uncompromising look at the lives of sex workers in an area of Leeds. [BBC]

Countryfile is one of Britain's most popular programmes, reporting on rural, agricultural, and environmental issues. Charlie's music has featured regularly since 2016. [BBC]

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A natural history portrait of a year in Yellowstone, following the fortunes of America's wildlife icons as they face the challenges of one of the most extraordinary wildernesses on Earth [BBC]

Filmed over a year in Michigan, Wyoming, Texas and Florida, this programme hears from Trump supporters who hoped that he would 'make America great again'. [BBC]


A revealing portrait of our closest star. Narrated by Andrew Lincoln. [BBC]

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Documentary examining the impact of Martin Luther and his ideas on the Gaelic-speaking peoples of Scotland and Ireland. [BBC\ WADDELL MEDIA]



Horizon follows three people living with voices, hallucinations and paranoia, to explore what causes this kind of phenomena. Providing a rare first-hand insight into their experiences. [BBC]



Michael Portillo crosses the Atlantic to ride the railroads of America, armed with Appleton's General Guide to the United States, published in 1879. [BBC]


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