Nosferatu – A Symphony of Horrors
Nosferatu (1922) is arguably the film that gave birth to the horror genre. Notable as the first
cinematic interpretation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, its combination of expressionistic acting and
unforgettable images render it just as powerful and unsettling today as when it first thrilled
cinema goers 100 years ago.
Chris Green’s new score was commissioned by English Heritage for a live outdoor screening
of the film at Dracula’s spiritual home of Whitby Abbey. The music is a haunting blend of
electronic and acoustic instruments performed live by the composer and, combined with FW
Murnau’s iconic images, makes for a genuinely remarkable and unique cinematic experience.
Born into a musical family in Coventry, Chris Green began playing guitar at the age of eight and
piano from the age of nine, and plays most things with fretted strings or keys. Largely selftaught,
he’s worked in a variety of musical genres including folk, theatre and early music. He’s a
regular musician at Shakespeare’s Globe and was also one of the musicians on BBC’s Poldark,
appearing in series 1 and 2.
He also writes and composes, having adapted The Wind in the Willows (2017) for
GreenMatthews as well as A Christmas Carol: In Concert (2018), which London Theatre
Reviews described as “A delightful show… a lively retelling”
In 2018, he released his first solo album Switched-On Playford, which fuses 17th-century
dance music with electronica, using a blend of early instruments, synths and loops. It was
described by fRoots as “bloody brilliant…. an exquisitely-rendered and endlessly satisfying piece of