Classical Journey Episode 138 – David Lowe does the BBC countdown…

Today, we’re talking about David Lowe, (born 11 April 1959), an English composer and music producer. His work comprises primarily of music for television, radio, commercials and idents. Lowe is probably best known for his extensive work on theme tunes for bulletins and programmes for BBC News. Lowe has never received any formal musical education, and began his early career in broadcasting. In 1997, Lowe released his debut album, Dreamcatcher. He performed a live mix that year at the first Thames River Festival, which accompanied a record breaking tightrope walk across the river. He is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA). He has twice been awarded honorary doctorates, first by Staffordshire University in 2005, and then by Birmingham City University in 2014.

So why am I focusing on David Lowe today? A few days ago I had seen a video posted on Facebook by CEO, Prima Garnet, Lolu Akinwunmi, of the BBC main theme featuring an orchestra and his comment centred on the elaborateness that goes into the preparation of a signature tune for the BBC. I couldn’t have agreed less. It then hit me that if the composer were alive, why not put him on Classical Journey! So I called up David and we had an interview. But first let’s take a listen to a tune out of DreamCatcher album – Heat and Dust.

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