David Lowe’s music is instantly recognisable from BBC News, Panorama, Grand Designs and more. He also composes for commercials, radio and brands, making him a leading expert in his field.
At a BIMM Manchester Masterclass, David set students a hands-on task, working to a real-life brief to compose music for Bloomberg. Along the way, he gave excellent insights into a career in composition.
After an impressive showreel, David described his career, from making jingles for BBC Radio to networking via his job as a cameraman in order to get his music heard and eventually used on television programmes. He also received some early inspiration:
David analysed his theme for The One Show and demonstrated how he composed in layers, referencing the idea of ‘unity’ through choir voices. Students learned about royalties and technology, and other facets of work like deadlines and client briefs. They then worked on their own Bloomberg themes, with David providing individual feedback.
The mixture of practicality and advice in the session really hit home for the students, including Thomas Collins, BA2 Guitar:
Luke Gallagher BA1 Songwriting, agreed:
David’s early meeting with a guest lecturer gave him the spark that led to his current career – and that’s exactly what the Masterclasses are designed to do for our students too.
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