Ed Welch

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Ed Welch
BornEdward William Welch
(1947-10-22) 22 October 1947 (age 71)
Oxford, U.K.
OccupationTelevision composer

Edward William Welch (born 22 October 1947) is an English television composer.

Ed Welch had a classical music upbringing, being Head Chorister at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford then a first music scholar at Ardingly College in Sussex. He gained a scholarship to Trinity College of Music London, studying composition with Arnold Cooke. Upon graduating in 1965, he joined United Artists Music where he learned the various branches of the music business. He wrote arrangements, composed 'B' sides and plugged the UA catalogue at the BBC.

In 1971, he recorded an album, Clowns, including songs he had co-written with Tom Paxton, and session musicians including Mike de Albuquerque and Cozy Powell. In 1972, he acted as producer on a version of "I Don't Know How to Love Him" by Sylvie McNeill on a UK 45 on United Artists UA UP35415 released in time for the first UK Stage Musical of Jesus Christ Superstar. In 1973 he wrote the title song to Spike Milligan's film Adolf Hitler: My Part in his Downfall, which marked the start of a 25-year collaboration with Milligan.

In 1978 and 1979, he appeared in the Spike Milligan BBC series Q8 and Q9, performing his own songs (including "The Carpet is Always Greener Under Someone Else's Bed" and "Love to Make Music by") and songs co-written with Milligan, including "I've Got This Photograph of You!" and "Silly Old Baboon". This unlikely duo released an album in 1979 on the United Artists label, Spike Milligan and Ed Welch Sing Songs from Q8. In 1976, he composed the score for Milligan's adaptation of Paul Gallico's The Snow Goose. Narrated by Milligan and performed by the LSO, the RCA recording was such a success that it entered the pop LP charts and has been performed at many concerts since.

His film work included the scores to British sex comedies such as Confessions of a Pop Performer (1975), Confessions of a Driving Instructor (1976), Confessions from a Holiday Camp (1977), Stand Up, Virgin Soldiers (1977), and Rosie Dixon - Night Nurse (1978). Also in 1978, he composed the score for the remake of The Thirty Nine Steps, including an extended piano piece entitled The Thirty Nine Steps Concerto (a nod to Richard Addinsell's Warsaw Concerto), later recording it with Christopher Headington as soloist. In the same year, he moved to the West Country where he was appointed Musical Director for Television South West (TSW). He composed the station identification music for TSW, as well as numerous local programmes, including Gus Honeybun in 1987. Welch also composed music for Television South (TVS), from 1987 until the channel disappeared on 31 December 1992.

In 1982 Welch composed the score to the Cannon and Ball comedy film The Boys in Blue. The following year he wrote the theme to the popular ITV, BBC Two and Sky1 quiz show Blockbusters, which ran from 1983 to 2001; the tune soon became one of the most recognisable television themes of the time.

Welch adapted fairy tales and wrote the scripts for the children's cartoon series Wolves, Witches and Giants, which ran from 1995 to 1999. He is credited for the music in the 2001 cartoon series, Binka. In 2004, he composed a piece of music for Liberal Democrat candidate, Mike Treleaven. He wrote songs for the new format of Thomas and Friends from 2004 to 2008.

Welch is credited as a co-writer of the 1995 Icelandic entry to the Eurovision Song Contest (with Björgvin Halldórsson).


Ed Welch also composed over 300 pieces, including piece for music library and number of local programmes for a number of ITV contractors, mainly TVS and TSW

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