Most recently a tutor at the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM), Keith Lowde (pictured) also held roles at PRS, BPI and BASCA, among other prominent organisations, during his long career in the UK music industry.
It is believed that Lowde was taking his wife and two couples to the bank at Shepperton in Surrey after they had all spent time together at his home on Pharaoh’s Island in the River Thames. The small, outboard-engined craft is understood to have capsized suddenly during the journey.
Three women on board and one man were able to reach safety, but two other men – including Lowde, who was 66 – are presumed to have perished amid the freezing conditions.
Earlier in his career, Lowde served as company secretary and deputy to the MD at MCPS for 11 years. Subsequently, he worked with the PRS, BPI, BACS and Equity, as well as a host of publishers, record labels, artists and TV companies. He went on to direct the National Music Festival for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, and also administered the Copyright Hotline.
He was head of the ACM Business School from 2002-2009, after which he continued to lecture in subjects including Entrepreneurial Practice and Music Industry Overview.
In a posting on the ACM website, founding director Phil Brookes said that staff and students were “shocked and saddened” to hear of the tragedy. Lowde, added Brookes, “was held in very high esteem and loved by students, staff and fellow tutors alike, and will be greatly missed by all.”