NEWS: Claire Martin and Scott Stroman to get BASCA Gold Badges

Peter Bacon reports:

Jazz singer and broadcaster Claire Martin and conductor, composer, trombonist/singer Scott Stroman are among 11 individuals being celebrated for their “exceptional talent in the UK music industry” with Gold Badge Awards from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA).

The 2018 gongs will be handed out at a ceremony at The Savoy, London, on 19 October. Broadcaster Janice Long, a previous Gold Badge Award recipient, will be the host. These awards are for “individuals who inspire or support creativity and the professional lives of BASCA members” and “acknowledge contributions to the worlds of jazz and classical, film, television and theatre music, and songwriting”.

The 11 Golden Badge wearers are described thus in BASCA’s press release:

Annette Barrett, highly respected music publisher and Managing Director of Reservoir/Reverb Music.

Martyn Brabbins, acclaimed conductor and Music Director of the English National Opera.

Jackie Davidson, multi-faceted, award-winning music entrepreneur and manager. This award is presented in association with PRS for Music.

Chris Difford, Grammy nominated and double Ivor Novello Award winning lyricist, Squeeze co-founder and solo artist.

Guy Fletcher OBE, Ivor Novello Award winning songwriter and former Chairman of BASCA and PRS.

Guy Garvey, lead singer and lyricist of elbow, renowned DJ for 6 Music and solo artist. This award is presented in association with PPL.

Claire Martin OBE, critically acclaimed jazz singer and broadcaster.

Sarah Rodgers, composer who has dedicated herself to championing music creators.

Matthew Scott, composer, arranger, producer and former Head of Music at the National Theatre.

Scott Stroman, inspirational conductor, composer, trombonist and singer in a uniquely broad range of musical styles.

Nick Wollage, respected and sought after engineer working across a diverse collection of projects from major Hollywood film scores to individual artists.

Crispin Hunt, Chair of BASCA, said, “The Gold Badge Awards always provide a fantastic opportunity and platform to recognise those who have achieved excellence in their chosen fields whilst contributing to the betterment of the wider musical community. This year’s list of recipients is full of inspiring individuals who we are honoured to celebrate.”

The 45th Gold Badge Awards are presented by BASCA and sponsored by PPL and PRS for Music. They take place at The Savoy in London from 11.30am to 4.30pm on Friday 19 October. The award ceremony follows a three course lunch and tickets are currently on sale. For more information contact Cindy Truong at BASCA (

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