Neil Brand gave a well received speech when collecting his Gold Badge Award saying “there are kids out there… who probably have got that music coursing through them now, but their school set-up and the education system in this country has got to give them these musical opportunities… This is why BASCA is so important… I want every child to have the chance to experience the delight that I have had and continue to have…”  The composer, pianist, dramatist and broadcaster has had a varied career and is especially acclaimed for his silent film piano accompaniment and original scores.  For more information about Neil visit