Paddy Kingsland

Radiophonic Workshop

Happy at the BBC

Still Happy


Paddy Kingsland began life in rural Hampshire and early musical experiences included playing guitar in semi pro bands and less than successful piano lessons. Alongside this came experimenting with audio amplifiers, encouraged by a radio ham neighbour.
Joining the BBC aged 18, more part time gigs continued as well as building amplifiers.
Early work in the BBC radio included a mixture light entertainment and rock n roll as a tape editor/ assistant engineer, recording everything from Victor Sylvester to Gene Vincent. A chance visit to the BBC Radiophonic Workshop led to a temporary “attachment” to the unit which was based at the famous Maida Vale Studios and eventually, to a permanent job there.
In the ten years up to 1981 he composed jingles for local radio, theme tunes for radio and TV, sound scores for radio dramas and many for schools and childrens TV, also 29 episodes of music for Dr Who and Radio & TV versions of The Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy.
At the end of 1981 he left the BBC to set up his own studio in Hammersmith where he continued contributing to BBC programmes, also commercials, feature films and corporate videos.
The travel documentary Around The World In 80 Days led to a BAFTA nomination for best TV Music. He made eight albums of library music for KPM which are still in use worldwide.
The studio closed in 2009 and around the same time Colleagues from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop invited him to join them in performing at Live gigs. At first a daunting idea, this became an absolute pleasure, with appearances at The Roundhouse, The Commonwealth Games, festivals including Isle of Wight, Glastonbury, Blue Dot, End of The Road and many more.
Recordings with the “Band” include ‘Burials’, a collaboration with Martyn Ware and Steve Dub released in 2018.
Also a collaboration with Roger Limb, Tom Middleton, Tom Szirtes and Steve Dub.
Paddy has several writing projects underway including ‘Unreasonable Rhymes’ a book of poems released in 2018 on Amazon books and ‘All Still There’ - reflections of a country childhood, to be published shortly.
Paddy has been making an album of Sitar and electronics with Nick Gomm soon to be released - Watch this space!