Biography

Born 1976 in London, Timothy John Burden comes from a very musical family and fell in love with music, theatre and film from a very young age.

During his childhood he would travel with his father (a professional musician who played with various orchestras and also worked freelance as a studio musician for film, TV and pop music) to concerts, Trinity College (where he was a professor of horn) and film recording sessions (1979’s James Bond outing, Moonraker was one of them).

Being a child of the 80’s, naturally he was subjected to some classic movies. Particularly those from Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Brian De Palma, Richard Donner and Joe Dante. When watching these movies, the music struck a chord (!) each time and he began to recognise the common and familiar names cropping up, these being John Williams & Jerry Goldsmith most often. He then learnt that his father had worked with many of the composers he began to admire, Goldsmith, Elmer Bernstein, Ron Goodwin, Henry Mancini, Max Steiner, Dimitri Tiomkin, Bernard Herrmann… the list went on!

He learnt both the piano and French horn from a young age and still plays when he can (albeit not as well as he would like). His mother is a renowned piano teacher and was told he spent too little time practicing. During his later years of education, he became more interested in the technical side of performance and started working with local amateur dramatic societies, helping with music and sound. He even took to the stage with the Slemish Players production of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice & Men, for which he won an award for Best Supporting Actor in 1997.

Then radio came calling, firstly with a local charity Christmas station and hospital radio, as no money was involved in these radio ventures, paid employment was a priority. So, work began with suitably movie-themed jobs, for Blockbuster Video as a distribution operative for their Northern Ireland stores, Warner Bros. as General Manager for their Belfast cinema and Deputy Manager for Hastings Hotels’ Ballygally Castle, situated on the beautiful Antrim Coast.

Radio came calling yet again in 2001. CoolFM was Warner's promotional partner and one of the stations key presenters, Paul Kennedy, invited him on every month to do a round-up of what was showing / coming soon. Thus began freelance radio work and voice overs for various platforms.

In 2005 Tim joined the Northern Media Group as their Film Correspondent and presenter / producer of a weekly movie show. A little later, film music journalism called in the guise of Film Score Monthly Online. A US based company that operate a monthly subscription based magazine, for which he contributes to and is their UK Correspondent.

Tim is a board member of the Film Music Foundation and is part of the IFMCA (the International Film Music Critics Association). He is  also an Arts Officer with Ballymena Borough Council and works with Cinemagic as their coordinator / host for various events.

In 2013 he produced live music events with George Fenton, Richard Kaufman and the Ulster Orchestra. In 2014 Tim co-produced a concert of Patrick Doyle's scores from the films of Sir Kenneth Branagh with Maggie Rodford, the Belfast Film Festival and the Ulster Orchestra. 
If you like what you read, then drop Tim a message via tim@timburden.com. He is available for hosting corporate events, consulting for any film themed programming, cross-platform media presenting, plus voice work for various platforms.