Colin Riley | MediaTracks Music
Colin Riley

Colin Riley

Colin Riley

Colin Riley


Colin Riley

I love disseminating my music into new arenas and sharing what I have to new ears.

Colin Riley is a British composer known for his eclectic and hybrid approach to music, drawing on a diverse range of influences and techniques to create pieces that are uniquely his own. He has been composing music since the age of seven, when he began experimenting with sound and texture by playing wrong notes in the pieces he was learning. Since then, he has followed his nose and worked tirelessly to develop his craft, collaborating with musicians and artists of all kinds to create works that blur the boundaries between genres and forms.

Colin's music is difficult to categorize, as it draws on a range of elements including new technologies, improvisation, song-writing, and large-scale classical form. His recent albums include Shenanigans (NMC) and In Place (Squeaky Kate), and his other works include Warp and Weft, a concerto for two cellos, Rock Paper Scissors, Stream-Shine, and Earth Voices. He has also written a large-scale multimedia piece called Hearing Places, which was premiered by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales to excellent reviews.

In addition to his work as a composer, Colin is a Reader in Composition at Brunel University and a mentor for Making Music's Adopt a Music-Creator Scheme. He also runs his own label, Squeaky Kate, and writes a regular blog about composing called Riley Notes. When he's not working on music, Colin enjoys writing, listening to music, and spending time outdoors. He has a passion for long-distance walks, mountains, and remote places, and finds inspiration in the natural world and in the silence of meditation.

Colin is thrilled to be working with MediaTracks, a high-quality production music company that he has respected for many years. He looks forward to disseminating his music into new arenas and sharing what he has to new ears. With his unique approach to composition and his passion for experimentation and collaboration, Colin Riley is sure to continue pushing the boundaries of music and inspiring listeners for years to come.


Colin works with numerous companies, organisations, music groups, and festivals, having just completed a large-scale 40 minute 'symphony' for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, UK.

Dream commission:

He relishes the opportunity to collaborate with singers and song-writers he admires, constantly pushing the boundaries of music to create something innovative and new.


Cello. Electric Guitar. Vocals. Strings. Orchestra. Bass Guitar. Tuned Percussion.

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