Barnaby Priest studied music at Sussex University under Colin Matthews and Anne Boyd. He completed his M.Mus in composition at King's College, London with Nicola Le Fanu. In the late 70's he worked as an amenuensis for Hans Werner Henze in Italy. Since 1987 he has lived and worked in SE Asia. While he has written music in a wide range of genres he has increasingly concentrated on exploring a soundworld that uses a limited diatonic palette.