Graduate Composes Music for New BBC Drama

14 February 2019

Graduate, Joe Donohoe, on the piano
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Music graduate Joe Donohoe has composed additional music for Baptiste - the new BBC One drama series airing this Sunday.

This marks the third time Joe has collaborated with award-winning television composer, Dominik Scherrer. They first worked together in 2014 on the critically acclaimed series, The Missing, which was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Mini-Series, and they continued their collaboration in 2016 with the follow-up series.

Joe contributed almost an hour's worth of original music to Baptiste, and performed a number of instruments on the soundtrack, including nylon guitar, ukulele, charango and electric bass.

In addition to working on feature films, documentaries and commercials, Joe has also composed additional music for a number of factual entertainment programmes, including BBC Two's Great American Railway Journeys and Channel 4's The Autistic Gardener and Ugly House to Lovely House.

Joe said: "It was a really enjoyable experience composing additional music for Baptiste. There was a huge amount of freedom to experiment with different acoustic and electronic instruments. The series is very dark, so I used a number of unconventional playing and recording techniques to help support the atmosphere of the show.

"It's always a thrill hearing my music on primetime national television. It really makes all those years of hard work worth it. I can't wait to see how the show is received when it airs on Sunday!"

Joe studied at Falmouth from 2010 to 2013 and often returns as a guest lecturer, sharing his professional experiences and expertise with music students.

Read more about Joe's work on his SoundCloud

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