THE 29th ANNUAL GOLD BADGE AWARDS
Wednesday 8th October
Each year, Britain’s songwriters pay tribute to the vast machinery of talent behind the scenes in the music business at the Academy’s Gold Badge Awards Luncheon Sponsored by MCPS.
Over the past 28 years the Academy has honoured broadcasters, recording artists, publishers, arrangers, producers, record company executives, and a host of other sometimes unsung heroes on whom the industry depends. Covering a wide range of disciplines, ages and musical styles, the Gold Badge Awards are British composers’ salute to an outstanding group of men and women who have made a special or lasting contribution to Britain’s entertainment industry.
Past recipients include: Ronnie Scott, Tommy Steele, Acker Bilk, Albert Lee, Matt Monro, Trevor Horn, Rob Dickins, Steve Winwood, Shirley Bassey, Helen Shapiro, Jools Holland, Bruce Welch, Rick Wakeman, Errol Brown, Laurie Johnson, Sandie Shaw, Noddy Holder and Ian Dury.
In 2003 the Academy awarded the Gold Badge of Merit to:
with fellow recipient Cliff Richard
|Capital Radio||London’s premier radio station and upholder of broadcasting excellence|
|Petula Clark CBE||One of Britain’s most celebrated performers whose career spans five decades. Her hits include the world famous Downtown.|
|Ray Cooper||Producer and performer whose career has spanned the realms of film, music, television and theatre who has worked with such luminaries as George Harrison and Sir Elton John.|
|Richard Digance||Writer, recording artist and television personality.|
|Jonathan and Ben Finn||Founders of one the world’s leading music notation technology providers ‘Sibelius Software’.|
|Bob Grace||Industry respected publisher whose signings have included amongst others: David Bowie; Santana; Supertramp; Rod Temperton; The Spice Girls and Craig David.|
|Peter Jenner||Artist manager who discovered Pink Floyd. Other credits as an artist manager include T Rex; Ian Dury; The Clash and Billy Bragg.|
|Mica Paris||Innovative singer, songwriter, stage actress and broadcaster whose hits include You Are My One Temptation and Where Is The Love.|
|Sir Cliff Richard||World famous and beloved performer who, this year, celebrates his 45th anniversary in the music industry|
|Dave Swarbrick||Renowned fiddle player and member of the legendary folk band ‘Fairport Convention’.|
|John Timperley||Music Engineer who, over the years, has worked with artists such as: Bing Crosby; Tony Bennett; Shirley Bassey; Thelonius Monk; Count Basie; José Carreras; Placido Domingo and Sir Paul McCartney|
|Midge Ure||Ivor Novello Award winning singer,
songwriter and musician whose hits include: If I Was; Dancing
With Tears In My Eyes; Vienna and Love’s Great
Adventure. Wrote Do They Know It’s Christmas with Bob
|Larry Westland CBE||The driving force behind the world-renowned educational charity Music For Youth.|