Yesterday, on Monday 3rd October, BASCA members and distinguished guests gathered at the Savoy hotel in London to celebrate the 43rd Gold Badge Awards, sponsored by PPL and PRS for Music, and award 12 exceptional individuals for their unique contributions to British music.
Amongst these recipients were Gillian Moore MBE, who talked about the importance of BASCA and the Gold Badge Awards as a way of emphasizing “the importance of composers”, asking “where would we be without the people who create the music that helps us make sense of the world?”
…and Ray Davies CBE, who stated that his “theory is that creativity is a basic human right, along with freedom of expression… I believe everybody’s got a song in them”. His way of wrapping up the award ceremony was telling the audience about his art teachers’ frustration at his unorthodox way of working, suggesting that he “should be institutionalized”, then joking “I wonder what that school teacher would think today, because now, lo and behold, today… I am the institution.”
Crispin Hunt, Chairman of BASCA 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.”
The importance of educating the new generation of songwriters, composers and authors was a very prominent theme throughout the day, with silent-film composer Neil Brand 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 12 individuals who were awarded are:
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, creating 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.
Liane Carroll has been a pillar of the British jazz and soul scene for over thirty- five years, headlining this year at Finsbury Park’s ‘Hospital in the Park’ festival with ‘London Elektricity’ and taking part in the BBC Late Night Proms performing at The Royal Albert Hall with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra Of Scotland.
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, and went on to write music for three musicals, including ‘Sunny Afternoon’, based on his life during The Kinks which won five Olivier awards.
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, and is now chairman of Simkins LLP.
Sally Groves MBE
Sally Groves was the Creative Director London of Schott Music, responsible for building and promoting their Music of Our Time catalogue for over 40 years, as well as the Vice Chair of Sound and Music; a Governor of the Royal Northern College of Music from 1997-2006, of which she is now an Honorary Member, and has also been 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, who’s style has transcended musical boundaries. He was awarded the CBE in 2010 and was knighted in 2015 when his autobiography, “Still with the music” was released.
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. 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 became a national broadcaster in 1983, becoming 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 youths across Great Britain, giving a first break to artists such as The Smiths, Amy Winehouse, Adele and Richard Hawley.
Gillian Moore MBE
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 and is currently Director of Music at Southbank Centre.
Since the ‘70s, Don Reedman has demonstrated a special gift for creating enormously successful compilation albums – from the Classic Rock series with The London Symphony Orchestra, to his most recent success with If I Can Dream by Elvis Presley with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He also formed Focus Music International in 1996– a company that specialises in creative concepts, which works independently of and directly with the major record companies.
Hamish Stuart shot to fame in the 1970’s as the falsetto voice and guitarist of the Average White Band, and has toured, written and recorded with a galaxy of soul legends, including Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin and George Benson. As a musician, he was in Paul McCartney’s 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.
Nathan Timothy has inspired and empowered a whole generation of children and young people through music, setting up Bullybeat in 2007, allowing children to express their thoughts on bullying through songwriting and production. The Nathan Timothy Foundation has worked with over 30,000 children – inspiring and engaging them to learn about music and feel good about themselves through the songwriting process.