Gold Badge Awards 2016

The 43rd BASCA Gold Badge Awards took place on Monday 3rd October 2016 at The Savoy, London.  They were sponsored by PPL and PRS for Music.

Crispin Hunt, BASCA Chairman said: “It is a great pleasure for BASCA to celebrate the creativity, inspiration, taste and genius included in this year’s list of Gold Badge Award recipients. Each of these remarkable individuals has helped shape the architecture of the music Britain loves in their own unique and significant way. For BASCA’s community of songwriters and composers to be able to congratulate and pay tribute to their influence in our profession at this joyous event is an honour.”

Neil Brand

Neil Brand has been a silent film accompanist for over 30 years, regularly in London at the Barbican and BFI National Film Theatres, throughout the UK and at film festivals and special events around the world. A multi-talent within the arts, he trained originally as an actor and has made his name as a pianist, composer, researcher, presenter, lecturer, writer and playwright.

He has created original orchestral scores for Hitchcock’s silent film Blackmail and Asquith’s 1928 silent film Underground along with new symphonic scores for Wind in the Willows and A Christmas Carol.

He is also a highly respected broadcaster presenting the BBC4 series Sound of Cinema and Sound of Song.  A prolific radio playwright and public speaker, he has twice toured nationally with Paul Merton as well as appearing in, and supplying music for, Paul’s silent film related TV documentaries.

Liane Carroll

Liane Carroll has been a pillar of the British jazz and soul scene for over thirty- five years.  She has collaborated with such diverse artists as Paul McCartney, Gerry Rafferty, Long John Baldry, Ian Shaw, Claire Martin OBE, Joe Stilgoe and drum and bass outfit London Elektricity with whom she headlined this year at Finsbury Park’s ‘Hospital in the Park’ festival. Equally at home in intimate jazz venues and vast performance spaces, earlier this summer Liane took part in the BBC Late Night Proms performing at The Royal Albert Hall with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra Of Scotland.

Liane is a great supporter of young and emerging artists and is much in demand by youth orchestras, ensembles and colleges for her inspirational approach to teaching.  She runs regular workshops for aspiring vocalists at all levels of experience and teaches at the revered Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Ray Davies CBE

Ray Davies, one of the most successful and influential songwriters to emerge from the British Invasion of the 1960s, founded the rock band The Kinks with his brother Dave in London in 1964. He has released two solo albums, a choral collection of Kinks classics and his recent collaborations album See My Friends saw him return again to the top ten working with the likes of Metallica, Bruce Springsteen and Mumford and Sons.

Ray collaborated with Barrie Keeffe in 1981 on his first stage musical, Chorus Girls, and in 1988 wrote 80Days with Snoo Wilson.  He returned with his third musical, Come Dancing, in 2008 at Stratford East which won the WhatsOnStage Best Off-West End Musical award. 2015 saw The Kinks 50th Anniversary with a new box set and Ray winning an Olivier Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Music” for the Sunny Afternoon Kink’s musical which went on to win five Olivier awards. He is currently finishing his next solo album of songs from his book, Americana.

This award is presented in association with PPL

Paddy Grafton Green

Paddy Grafton Green is a veteran music business lawyer who for over four decades has specialised in providing expert advice and legal guidance to songwriters and recording artists.

In 1967 he joined Theodore Goddard.  On qualifying as a solicitor he began his career working on tax and commercial contracts but Theodore Goddard’s links to The Rolling Stones gave Paddy the chance to work closely with composers, performers, music publishers and managers.  The roster he developed included David Bowie, Rod Temperton, Tina Turner, Pink Floyd for tour work, Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, and the late Robert Stigwood.  Paddy’s practice was widened to include major record and publishing companies and their executives, but artist talent remained at the heart of it and its songwriter clientele now includes Russ Ballard, Björk, Elvis Costello, Ray Davies, Chris Difford & Glenn Tilbrook, Yusuf Islam, Sade and Bruce Springsteen.

In 2006 Paddy joined forces with the long-established music and film specialist law firm that is now Simkins LLP. Paddy is chairman of Simkins LLP.

This award is presented in association with PRS for Music

Sally Groves MBE

Sally Groves was, until June 2014, Creative Director London of Schott Music, one of the oldest and most prestigious international music publishing houses, responsible for building and promoting their Music of Our Time catalogue for over 40 years.

She has been Vice Chair of Sound and Music; a member of the Board of the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group; a member of The North Music Trust Classical Music Advisory Panel for The Sage, Gateshead; an Executive Committee member of the spnm from 1979-90, becoming its Chairman for the last two years; a Director of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra from 1998-2004 and a Governor of the Royal Northern College of Music from 1997-2006, of which she is now an Honorary Member.

She was a member of the Board of the Music Publishers Association and was given their Gold Medal in 2014. In July 2015 she was awarded an MBE for services to music.

Sir Karl Jenkins CBE

A recent global survey shows Sir Karl Jenkins to be the most performed living composer. His millennium commission, The Armed Man: A Mass For Peace, is perhaps his most celebrated work; 600 weeks in the classical chart, his recent RAH concert saw its 2000th performance.

His style has transcended musical boundaries encompassing jazz-rock with Soft Machine, the global ‘crossover’ phenomenon Adiemus, soundtracks for Levis and British Airways, while stopping off along the way to score a Kiefer Sutherland movie and visit Desert Island Discs and the South Bank Show. He has written for Prince Charles, Bryn Terfel, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Dame Evelyn Glennie, and the LSO. Many of his album releases have attained No1 status in the classical chart.

2014 saw the inaugural ‘The Arts Club – Sir Karl Jenkins Award’, established to help young musicians. He was awarded the CBE in 2010 and was knighted in 2015 when his autobiography, “Still with the music” was released.

This award is presented in association with BMI

Dame Cleo Laine

Dame Cleo Laine has had an illustrious career as a jazz singer and actress.  In 1958 she played the lead in a new play at London’s Royal Court Theatre, which led to her show stopping Julie in the Wendy Toye production of Showboat. In the ‘70s and ‘80s she embarked on coast-to-coast tours of the U.S. and Canada followed by a succession of albums and television appearances and her first Grammy award.

In 1969 she founded her first charity with her husband, the late Sir John Dankworth, The Wavendon Allmusic Plan to broaden music’s appeal through performance and musical education. In the converted stable block in the grounds of their home they established an arts centre that has since become internationally renowned. Thirty years later they set up The Wavendon Foundation, which raises funds to benefit young artists in need of financial aid.

She has received numerous awards throughout her career including an OBE for services to music in 1979, followed by Dame Commander of the British Empire in 1997.

Janice Long

Janice Long became a national broadcaster when she joined BBC Radio 1 in 1983. With a trunk full of records she headed to London and became the first woman to have her own daily show on Radio 1. Her passion for discovering new talent and current affairs made the award winning Janice Long Show a must listen for spotty youths across Great Britain. Those youths and new youths now tune in to her 4 nights a week on the country’s most listened to station – BBC Radio 2.

Janice’s dedication to promoting new talent was recognised when she was presented with Woman of the Year for her outstanding contribution to the music industry. Bands and artists she has given a first break to include The Smiths, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Primal Scream, Amy Winehouse, Adele, Amy MacDonald, Scouting for Girls and Richard Hawley.

Gillian Moore MBE

Gillian Moore is Director of Music at Southbank Centre, before which she was the Artistic Director of the London Sinfonietta. She is a Fellow and council member of the RCM, a council member of the RPS, an Honorary Associate of the RAM, and an Honorary Member of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She was awarded the Sir Charles Groves Award in 1991 for services to British music; an MBE in 1994 for services to music and education; an Association of British Orchestras Award in 1998 and 2014; and an honorary doctorate from Brunel University in 2006.

During her career, Gillian has collaborated with many of the great musical and artistic figures of our age, has commissioned many significant new works and pursued her passion for education as well as creating opportunities for artists to reach the widest possible audiences with their work.  She writes and broadcasts regularly about music.

Don Reedman

From reigniting Tom Jones’ career to selling over 40 million compilation albums worldwide, it’s unlikely Don Reedman could have foreseen all he’d achieve when he came to England on a working holiday in 1969.

Since the ‘70s he has demonstrated a special gift for creating enormously successful compilation albums – from the Classic Rock series with The London Symphony Orchestra, created and produced with Jeff Jarratt, through the first Hits series (volumes 1 – 6), Music To Watch Girls By and The Classic Chillout Album series to his most recent success with If I Can Dream by Elvis Presley with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The album went straight to No. 1 last year and sold over a million copies in the UK alone.

In 1996 Don formed Focus Music International – a company that specialises in creative concepts, which works independently of and directly with the major record companies.

Hamish Stuart

Hamish Stuart shot to fame in the 1970’s as the falsetto voice and guitarist of the Average White Band, his distinctive songwriting and vocal and guitar style helping pave the way to AWB’s extraordinary worldwide success. After AWB split up Hamish spent the rest of the 1980’s touring, writing and recording with a galaxy of soul legends, including Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin and George Benson. He has co-written hits for many artists including Soweto for Jeffrey Osborne, Whatcha Gonna Do for Me? For Chaka Khan and If Your Heart Isn’t in It for Atlantic Star

As a musician he was in Paul McCartney’s 1989 -to -1993 record-breaking touring and recording band, has made guest vocal appearances with Quincy Jones, Bonnie Raitt and Michael McDonald, and toured with Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band.

Recently he’s been working again with Steve Ferrone and Malcolm ‘Molly’ Duncan – the band is named 360, as is the album, which is released on September 25th.

Nathan Timothy

From his work with award winning children’s charity Beatbullying to setting up his own foundation ‘The Songwriting Charity’, Nathan Timothy has inspired and empowered a whole generation of children and young people through music.

Following a successful 11 year teaching career Nathan set up Bullybeat in 2007 – songwriting and music production workshops for children to express their thoughts on bullying and its effects.  He then joined forces with the charity Beatbullying where he worked as their music manager and music practitioner.

In 2011 he set up the Nathan Timothy Foundation – The Songwriting Charity. Since its formation the Songwriting Charity team have worked in hundreds of schools – working face to face with over 30,000 children – inspiring and engaging them to learn about music and feel good about themselves through the songwriting process.


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