The fanfare which heralded the start of Open University programmes on the BBC is now available as a mobile phone ringtone.
The distinctive clarion call will be familiar to all who watched the screening of the educational programmes aired from 1969 and through the 1980s. Now in keeping with the digital age and to mark the OU’s 40th birthday it is available for a limited period as a ringtone download.
Divertimento was written by the late Leonard Salzedo in 1959 and the first five bars were chosen as the signature to the Open University programmes on both radio and television.
Download the fanfare
If that's not enough...
To mark the 40th anniversary, we commissioned some remixes of the original tune to bring them right up to date...
Drum n bass
Watch the trumpets and rotating shield in action on the BBC Cult TV site
Relive the programmes behind the shield with TV Cream's affectionate guide to The Open University
The trumpet theme used in the classic Open University idents on BBC TV in the 1970s and 1980s is part of 'Divertimento Opus 49' by Leonard Salzedo. The remixes are © Copyright 2009, Chester Music Limited. All Rights Reserved. International Copyright Secured.
These new arrangements were made with the kind permission of Chester Music Limited and were arranged and performed by Simon Whiteside.
Parts of this article were originally published on Platform.