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Owain's Big House Band

Owain's Big House Band

Owain Wyn Evans drums up his own House Band as hundreds join him and play along.

Hundreds of you, from all over the UK, sent clips playing the BBC News theme music, after being inspired by Owain Wyn Evans - the drumming weatherman - of BBC North West Tonight.

I am just really happy that it has brought a bit of enjoyment at such a difficult time.
Owain Wyn Evans, BBC North West Tonight

Entries range from a man playing trumpet in a bubble bath, to The Proud Mary Barber Shop Choir who have harmonised the ‘pips’. One lady tap dances the rhythm, while the composer of the original music David Lowe has even got involved himself, sending in a clip of him playing the banjo.

"Owain’s Big House Band" is part of the BBC’s Make A Difference campaign which is bringing communities together to support them through the crisis.

Going viral

Owain's social media video has been viewed more than five million times, making headlines everywhere from America to Australia. Explaining the original video, Owain says:

“Like so many other people I have been working from home since early March and doing my weather bulletins from my garden or dining room, sometimes with the help of my cat.

"I thought it would be a bit of fun to put a bit of a weather forecast in front of a rocked up drum track to the BBC News theme... and it's gone bonkers darlings! I had no idea it would be such a hit.”

He is overwhelmed with the reaction he has had, and thanks everyone for getting involved.

“I am just really happy that it has brought a bit of enjoyment at such a difficult time. Making music – whether singing or playing an instrument is a great pastime anyway, and a fabulous option when we can’t go out and about as we would normally,” he says.

The BBC News theme music was composed by David Lowe, he is pleased that his tune has struck such a chord and is "totally thrilled" with the attention it is getting.

Owain is best known for presenting the weather on BBC North West Tonight. He joined the Salford based team last year, before that he was based at BBC Look North in Yorkshire.