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Directors & Committees

BASCA has four genre specific Committees who represent BASCA’s membership. The Committees are advisory groups that consist of Professional BASCA members who meet around six times a year to discuss issues that relate to their genre, and they therefore have a direct influence on the position that BASCA takes and the campaigns we launch.

Each committee nominates 2 representatives to sit on the BASCA Board, one of whom is the Chair of their Committee.

To find out more about each of the current directors and the four committees, please click on the thumbnails below.

Classical
Jazz
Media
Songwriter

 

Meet the Board:

Crispin Hunt (Chair of the Board)

Crispin Hunt (Chair of the Board)

Crispin Hunt is a multi-platinum selling songwriter and record producer. He has written or worked with or for Jake Bugg, Rihanna, Florence and The Machine, Lana Del Ray, Ellie Goulding, Maverick Sabre, Newton Faulkner, Natalie Imbruglia, Bat For Lashes, Razorlight, Estelle, Rod Stewart and many others. He campaigns internationally advocating for Composers and Musicians Rights and is a Director of PPL, and ex Director of PRS. He sits on the UK Intellectual Property Office Advisory Panel and is a former CEO of the Featured Artist Coalition. He is the former lead singer of the 90's Britpop band Longpigs and previously worked in the House Of Commons as a Parliamentary Researcher and Campaign Coordinator. 4 kids one long suffering amazing wife. He lives in Bath and London.

Martyn Ware

Martyn Ware

Born in 1956 in Sheffield. Formed the Human League in 1978. Formed Heaven 17 and British Electric Foundation in 1980. As record producer and artist has featured on recordings totalling over 50 million sales worldwide during a 40 year career to date. Heaven 17 and BEF continue to tour and thrive. Martyn founded Illustrious with Vince Clarke in 2000 to exploit the creative and commercial possibilities of their unique 3DAudioScape immersive sound technology. He lectures extensively worldwide, is Principal of Tileyard Education, and curates a large range of leading arts events. Martyn is a Visiting Professor at Queen Mary College, University of London, a voting member of BAFTA, an FRSA, and an Honorary DSc at UAL and is an ambassador for In Place Of War. Martyn is an international activist, helping to fight for the rights of creators and under-represented people in the UK and worldwide.

Dru Masters

Dru Masters

I am a composer for TV and film. Recently I won an RTS award for my score for Damilola, Our Loved Boy and I’ve written music for countless shows, including Silk, Capital and A Touch of Cloth. Oh, and The Apprentice, but not the bit that goes tum-te-tum-te-tum-te-tum-tum. I’ve been a songwriter and producer, signed to Warner Chappel and EMI Records, working with artists as diverse as George Michael and the Mediaeval Beabes. I studied classical music at the Purcell School, where I now teach occasional masterclasses, and played tenor sax with NYJO, which was quite a lot like being in the film Whiplash. I’m currently scoring a 12 part series for Netflix and producing an album for classical violinist, Min Kym. In my spare time I like to sit at the drums and pretend I’m Pharrell.

Jo Thomas

Jo Thomas

Jo Thomas is an electronic music composer. Her music captures a combination of raw sensitive sonic matter. Mostly from her own voice, electronically generated signals and often new and innovate electronic instruments. Her work is commissioned in the UK,Switzerland, Sweden, Portugal, France, performances in the USA, Canada,Australia.She won the Golden Nica in Prix Ars Electronica Digital Music’s and Sound Art Category.Nominated for a quartz award.She has performed alongside arts such Will Dutta Maria Chavez, Lee Gamble,Shiva Federeski, Phil Niblock and Squarepusher. Music performed in Cafe Oto,QEH, Trafalgar Square,Tate Modern, Salon De Messian,Radio France Paris, Prix Ars Electronica, Kings Place London, New Federation Square Melbourne, MIT Boston Stanford University. Worked internationally INA GRM Paris, the Djerrasi studios, San Francisco and EMS Stockholm.Festivals:Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Prix Ars Electronica, Elita Festival Milan, Norbert Festival, Radio France,Tempo Reale Italy, Tempora Festival

William Sweeney

William Sweeney

Born in Glasgow, educated at RSAMD and RAM. Professor of Music at the University of Glasgow.
Commissions have been from diverse organisations e.g. BBC, Paragon Ensemble, St Magnus Festival, Musica Nova, Capella Nova, Mayfest, the STUC, RSAMD, McNaughten Concerts, Theatre Cryptic and the Jim Henson Organisation.
Sonata for Cello and Piano won a BASCA/Radio 3 British Composer Award 2011. Recent works include “Eolas nan Ribheid" (The Wisdom of the Reeds), a BBCR3 commission for the BBCSSO, premiered and broadcast 2017/18. Current member of the Classical Committee and of the Board of BASCA, Chair of Finance and HR subcommittee.
Awards include: Creative Scotland Award 2004, British Composer Award 2011, BAFTA (Scotland) 1997.
Experience of Scottish Arts Council Music Committee, Board of Scottish International Education Trust, Member of Musicians Union Executive Committee 1989-2004, Chair of EC 2003, Chair of (sometimes turbulent) Glasgow Branch for 12 years.

Gary Carpenter

Gary Carpenter

Paul Hartnoll

Paul Hartnoll

30 years in the Band Orbital and counting.
various tv and film projects including :-
Event Horizon, the saint, Peaky Blinders series 2 , horizon , animal weapons , American ultra, XXX . pusher , tormented. Ads:-
Rolex , VW, range rover, evens/British heart foundation , amongst others.

Stephen McNeff

Stephen McNeff

Orphy Robinson

Orphy Robinson

Issie Barratt

Issie Barratt

Helienne Lindvall

Helienne Lindvall

Rupert Hine

Rupert Hine

Marc Sylvan

Marc Sylvan

Mark Ayres

Mark Ayres

Independent Director 1 (TBC)

Independent Director 1 (TBC)

Appointed by the Board

Independent Director 2 (TBC)

Independent Director 2 (TBC)

Appointed by the Board