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TV theme composer to receive University honour


A Birmingham music composer and producer best known for his work on television theme tunes is to be honoured at a Birmingham City University awards ceremony next week.

David Lowe, from Sutton Coldfield in Birmingham, has produced music theme tunes for UK broadcasts including BBC News, The One Show, Countryfile, Grand Designs and Panorama, as well as creating international channel brand identities for CCTV 1 China, Abu Dhabi TV and TV2 Norway.

He composes music across a range of programmes including news, current affairs, wildlife, entertainment and TV commercials.

David also co-wrote the current anthem for the Barclay’s Premier League and arranged and produced a Medal Ceremony version of ‘Chariots of Fire’ for the London 2012 Olympics..

He began his career working part-time at BBC Radio Birmingham (now BBC WM) and in 1981 became a location sound recordist for Magpie Film Productions. Working in a relatively new area of electronic and synthesised music production, David developed a strong interest in music composition and studio production, enabling him to develop his career as a television composer.

Away from television, David’s music single ‘Would You…?’ under the artist name Touch and Go was a top three hit in the UK in 1998, with the album ‘I’ve Noticed You Around’ spawning more hit singles in Eastern Europe and Russia. The follow-up single, ‘Straight…to Number One’ was chosen by Apple to launch their iTunes site in the USA.

“I’m thrilled to have been chosen to receive this honour for doing something I love and it’s extra special as it's from my own hometown university, which I myself attended for 3 years after leaving school”, said David.

“I hope in some way that I can inspire the graduates who are getting their awards and who are at the beginning of their careers.”

David will receive his honorary doctorate degree from Birmingham City University at a graduation ceremony on Tuesday 4 March.

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