The 43rd BASCA Gold Badge Awards took place on Monday 3rd October 2016, at The Savoy, London, 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 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.”

Newquay Music congratulates Dame Cleo Laine as an awardee this year.

Dame Cleo Laine not only has an illustrious career as a jazz singer with a succession of albums, hundreds of television appearances, touring Europe and coast-to-coast across the USA and Canada receiving countless awards including a Grammy, but also as an actress. In 1958 she played the lead in a new play at London’s Royal Court Theatre, which led highly acclaimed and successful lead role in Wendy Toye’s production of Showboat.

In 1969 she not only formed Newquay Music (with David Platz & John Dankworth) but also with her husband Sir John Dankworth founded their first charity, The Wavendon Allmusic. It set up The Stables MK music venue which hosts around 350 concerts a year aiming 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 an OBE for services to music in 1979, followed by Dame Commander of the British Empire in 1997.

On Monday she was awarded a BASCA Gold Badge to add to her brimful of accolades, but sadly due to ill-health she could not attend the ceremony in person and witness the room of esteemed attendees salute her name.


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