Nigel Beaham-Powell started off in a band with the singer Bella Russell, and they then became a composing team for TV and film whose work amounted to over 400 shows, including 85 dramas for BBC (Campaign, Prisoners in Time) and ITV (The Chief, Harry’s Mad).
They wrote the music for many different media, including ads for VW and BT, the Moby Dick animation and the title music for national TV shows such as Wogan, Saturday Night Clive and The Time, The Place. At one point, there were over half a dozen news themes written by them airing at the same time over British TV channels.
Nigel then became an academic at Bath Spa lecturing in Commercial Music (2007 to now). He was elected a Board member of the Performing Rights Society in 1996 and then became Deputy Chairman (2005-2008). He was part of several organisations (BASCA, Copyright Reform Group) lobbying the UK Government on composer’s and songwriter’s rights. He chaired the Ivor Novello TV awards for a number of years.
He pursues a number of other artistic interests including poetry, photography and trying to grow tasty outdoor tomatoes.