Andy Heath gives the inaugural David Ferguson Lecture 1st November, 2017
Panel discussion with Goldie, Imogen Heap, Andy Heath, and Roxanna Panufnik. Moderated by Helienne Lindvall.
The David Ferguson Lecture: FULL SCHEDULE

(i) Opening and closing remarks: Crispin Hunt, Chair, BASCA
(ii) About David Ferguson: video and Silvina Munich, Trustee, The BASCA Trust
(iii) Lecture and Panel Discussion (videos as shown above).

The David Ferguson Lecture
1st November 2017, 19:00-21:00
Kings Place, London

From pop to classical and folk to jazz, discover how songwriters and composers can innovate and earn a living from their creativity. This inaugural lecture honours David Ferguson, the late composer, songwriter, and creators’ rights campaigner.

Keynote Lecture

Andy Heath – Chairman, Beggars Music and Chairman of UK Music.

Panel Discussion

Goldie – Artist / Writer.

Imogen Heap – Songwriter, recording artist, producer and engineer.

Andy Heath – Chairman, Beggars Music and Chairman of UK Music.

Roxanna Panufnik – Composer.


Helienne Lindvall – Songwriter and Board Director, British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors.

David Ferguson (1953 – 2009) was one of Britain’s most successful television composers. His credits include Cracker, Rebus, Bravo Two Zero, and Auf Wiedersehen Pet. He served for six years as chairman of BASCA and was awarded a Fellowship, BASCA’s highest honour. He was also a director of PRS and MCPS, and founding chairman of the cross-genre freelancers’ organization, the Creators’ Rights Alliance. David was passionate about the work of BASCA and particularly about intellectual property and protecting authors’ rights in their music. David left a third of his estate to the BASCA Trust to support its education initiatives.

Speakers Bios

Goldie – Artist / Writer

“In my music,” says Goldie, “is everything I’ve learned, everyone I’ve met, everything I’ve experienced.” And it’s been an incredible trip. The maverick innovator – who rewrote the future of the jungle scene with landmark releases that still sound like they were kidnapped from tomorrow – has a unique story to tell.

From children’s homes in the West Midlands through stints in New York and Miami as one of the UK’s most celebrated exponents of graffiti art to rubbing shoulders with an exceptional list of musical collaborators including David Bowie, Noel Gallagher and KRS-One, Goldie has defiantly, definitively, done it his own way.

In June 2017, Goldie expanded horizons further with a brand new double album: ‘The Journey Man’, released on Goldie’s own label Metalheadz, via Cooking Vinyl.

Andy Heath – Chairman, Beggars Music and Chairman of UK Music

Andy Heath has over 50 years experience in the music industry. He is on the board of Beggars Group (Since 1989), one of Europe’s leading and significant independent music companies, and is currently Chairman of Beggars Music the group’s publishing division. He is a profound believer in a long-term approach to talent development and still works actively and directly with the writers.

Andy has served on the Council of the Music Publishers Association since 1989 (President from 1993 – 1997) and was instrumental in setting up the Music Alliance (now PRS for Music), the operational merger of the Performing Right Society and the Mechanical Copyright Protection Society. He served on both boards for twenty years. In January 2008 he was appointed Chairman of British Music Rights, which he co-founded in 1997.

In October 2008, British Music Rights enlarged its remit and became UK Music , he became Chairman of UK Music representing for the first time the whole of Britain’s commercial music industry. In 2009, Andy was awarded an MBE for services to music publishing.

Imogen Heap – Songwriter, recording artist, producer and engineer

Self-produced, independent, engaged, Imogen Heap blurs the boundaries between pure art form and creative entrepreneurship. Writing and producing 4 solo albums and another as one half of Frou Frou (with Guy Sigsworth), Imogen has developed a strong collaboration with her loyal following both on and offline in recognised, pioneering ways.

A respected ‘artist’s artist’, Imogen has penned songs with Taylor Swift, Mika, Nitin Sawhney, IAMX, Jeff Beck, Josh Groban and Deadmau5 among others. Heap’s been nominated for 5 Grammys, winning one for engineering and another for her Taylor Swift contribution on the album 1989. In 2010, Heap won an Ivor Novello Award for International Achievement.

Recently, Imogen has written and produced the entire score for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child which has set new standards in Theatre and got her an Olivier award nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Music.

Roxanna Panufnik – Composer
Roxanna Panufnik is one of the UK’s most popular and loved composers whose works have struck a deep emotional chord with audiences everywhere.

Since studying composition at London’s Royal Academy of Music, Roxanna has written a wide range of pieces including opera, ballet, music theatre, choral works, chamber compositions and music for film and television which are regularly performed all over the world. Among her most widely given works are Westminster Mass, commissioned for Westminster Cathedral Choir on the occasion of Cardinal Hume’s 75th birthday; The Music Programme, an opera for Polish National Opera’s millennium season which received its UK premiere at the BOC Covent Garden Festival; and settings for solo voices and orchestra of Vikram Seth’s Beastly Tales – the first of which was commissioned by the BBC for Patricia Rozario and City of London Sinfonia.

In July 2017, Roxanna’s new work, Silver Birch, with a libretto from writer Jessica Duchen, premiered at Garsington Opera. A celebration of music, drama, poetry and dance, Silver Birch brings together professional singers with 180 members of the local community.

Helienne Lindvall – Songwriter and Board Director, British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA)

Helienne Lindvall is an award-winning professional songwriter, musician and music and media writer for publications including the Guardian. She’s also Head of Business & Songwriter relations for the song data management platform Auddly, backed by hitmakers Max Martin and Abba’s Björn Ulvaeus.

Hailing from Sweden, she worked as a session singer, recording artist and performer in Stockholm and NYC before settling in London, where she signed a publishing deal with BMG. She’s been working with recording artists on both sides of the Atlantic, including Roger Sanchez and Big Daddy Wilson, collaborating with award-winning writers such as Jörgen Elofsson (Kelly Clarkson, Britney Spears), Patrik Berger (Icona Pop, Robyn) and Steve McEwan (Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood). In 2016, her song A Better Man, co-written by Andrew Fromm (Backstreet Boys, Mark Anthony) and Peter Kvint (A-ha, Andreas Johnson) made the UK Eurovision finals.

In 2007, Helienne also started writing about music for the Guardian. Her weekly column Behind The Music, which ran until August 2012, covered and analysed all areas of the music business. In September 2012 her next column, Plugged In, launched on MediaGuardian. She’s written for Digital Music News, Netopia, The Musician, The Australian and STIM-Magasinet, and regularly appears on Sky News, the BBC, Irish National Radio and Swedish National Radio.

Helienne is Board Director of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA).