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Chris McLoughlin is an Irish composer for animation, film, theatre and games.

He has worked closely with several Irish animation studios producing music in a broad variety of styles for their film, TV and commercial work. Known for crafting music that is both emotive and inspiring, Chris is a versatile composer who has worked on a wide range of projects, from energetic and fun preschool animation to dark and moody fashion films.

He is best known for scoring the multi-award winning paint-on-glass film The Bird and the Whale, directed by Carol Freeman, for which he was awarded Gold at the Kinsale Shark Awards for Best Music and nominated for Best Score at The Irish Animation Awards.

He is currently scoring the animated pre-school series Sullivan Sails for Distillery Films and the upcoming Little Whale series for Paper Panther.


In 2019 he was commissioned by Italian fashion brand ETRO to score their fashion film Remember Pinocchio? by acclaimed fashion film director Arice. The music was also used as the soundtrack to the launch of their 2019 collection at Milan Fashion Week. 

Commercial work includes score for the Coming Home campaign by Paper Panther for Scholz&Friends, as well as the animated promo for Clive McFarland's Caterpillar Dreams for Harper Collins.


Previously, he has performed at the Dublin Fringe Theatre Festival for the award-winning Waterworn, which was a haunting shadow performance driven by a solo piano score, described by Irish Theatre Magazine as “…a refreshingly original piece…”. 

Chris has also written and recorded music for large outdoor performances, including Escape from the Dead Zoo which featured large-scale puppet zebras and giraffes. 

He initially trained in violin and piano, and has an ever-growing collection of musical instruments; from guitars and dulcimers to xylophones and theremins. His eclectic style is both captivating and adaptable, allowing him to create the perfect soundtrack for any project.

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