ABOUT THE DADDY
Broadcaster, producer, director and musician, Tommy Pearson has been a familiar figure in the UK music world for 25 years. After an early career as a percussionist and composer, Tommy became one of the busiest voices on BBC Radio, presenting most of Radio 3’s main strands, regularly appearing on Radio 4 and as a host of the BBC4 TV classical music coverage.
Film music has dominated his career, as concert producer, host and broadcaster. Tommy has produced and hosted concerts around the world and worked with most of the UK’s major orchestras. Highlights include “A Night Out With Sir Michael Caine” at the Royal Albert Hall featuring the iconic actor interviewed by Jonathan Ross; and “Interstellar Live”, a ground-breaking screening of the film at the RAH with composer Hans Zimmer and orchestra playing the score live, plus a pre-concert talk introduced by Prof Stephen Hawking.
As onstage host, Tommy has presented the RPO’s Film Music Gala at the RAH for 15 years, and regularly appears with the RPO, CBSO, RLPO and LSO introducing film music. He has been regular host of Classic FM’s Saturday Night at the Movies and was creator/host of BBC Radio 3’s Stage and Screen.
Tommy’s production company Big Screen Live is one of the world’s leading producers of live film events. Tommy has produced ‘Independence Day Live’, ‘Brassed Off’, ‘North By Northwest’, ‘The Great Escape’ featuring the scores played live. Latest projects include the official ‘Downton Abbey – Live in Concert’ and ‘The Piano – Live in Concert’.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, concerts have been a bit sparse (to say the least) so in the meantime, Tommy has been producing the successful Classical Top 5 podcast and a weekly Facebook Live webcast interviewing legendary UK session musicians and composers.
Tommy used to have spare time to pursue a variety of passions – including cycling and playing timpani in various orchestras. But now he has children.