PAUL KEVIN JOYCE (born July 1957) is a British composer , producer ,
orchestrator , arranger and conductor . He is known for his music for
theatre and television, including the 2005
BBC TV film The Snow Queen
and the 2008 British TV film Clay . He wrote "
Can We Fix It? ", the
theme song to the children\'s television programme Bob the Builder
that became the bestselling single of 2000 in the UK and Australia.
* 1 Early life
* 2 Career
* 3 References
* 4 External links
He attended Hall Park Technical Grammar School in Eastwood,
Nottinghamshire , where he was head boy in 1975. From Trent
Polytechnic , he gained a BSc in Applied Biology.
Earlier in his career, Joyce was a member of synthpop trio Sense,
Soft Cell 's Dave Ball . Following tours with Depeche Mode
Kim Wilde , they had a hit in France with their single , "Jamie".
The band released their only album, Hold On, in 1983.
His first television work was the animation Coconuts (ITV 1990). He
has since written music for numerous TV series and films:
Noddy\'s Toyland Adventures (
BBC TV 1992-99), The Worst Witch (ITV
1998-2000), The Snow Queen (
Philbert Frog (
BBC 1993), Clay
Diggit (ITV 1993-2001), Knight School (CITV 1997-1998),
Budgie the Little Helicopter (CITV 1994),
Parallel 9 (
Slim Pig (CITV 1996) and
BBC 2002-2005). His theme song for
Bob the Builder
Bob the Builder ("
Can We Fix It? ") became a hit single and sold more
than a million copies in the UK, for which Joyce received an Ivor
Novello Award on 24 May 2001.
Joyce also composes for theatre, notably for a staging of Quatermass
and the Pit in a UK quarry in 1997. Joyce has staged his oratorio
Hans Christian Andersen
Hans Christian Andersen 's The Snow Queen at London's
Barbican Hall (2003),
Cadogan Hall (2004), and the Hall for Cornwall
(2011). A dramatized television production of The Snow Queen featuring
Joyce's music was commissioned by the BBC; it premiered on
BBC One on
Christmas Day in 2005 and proved to be the most popular children's
show of the year.
He collaborated with Steve Howe on Howe's solo album Time , released
November 2011 on Warner Classics .
Joyce co-executive produced a feature film script based on Non-Stop ,
the science fiction novel by
Brian Aldiss . He is currently
co-developing an adaptation of the life story of war correspondent,
Clare Hollingworth , known for scooping the beginning of the Second
World War in 1939. Joyce has also written a new contemporary musical
work entitled CELESTIAL. Based on the poems of the late Johnnie
Douglas-Pennant, this work is narrated by actor
Michael Sheen and
features Steve Howe on guitar and soundscapes by Chris Watson.
* ^ Companies House
* ^ Did he write it? Yes Paul did! The Herald, 15 Aug 2009
* ^ Paul K Joyce - Bob the Builder
* ^ The Snow Queen
* ^ Steve Howe: new album due out 21 November, Warner Classics, 23