Lynsey de Paul – A Celebration, 10th September

Lynsey de Paul – A Celebration, 10th September

On 10th September a glittering event was held to celebrate the life and music of Lynsey de Paul, award-winning singer-songwriter who died last year.

The PRS for Music Members Benevolent Fund, of which Lynsey was a valued trustee, joined forces with the PRS for Music Foundation. The event launched a prize honouring Lynsey which will help young female singer songwriters to develop their careers. The first prizewinner was 15 year old Emma McGrath, who performed two of her songs to a very attentive audience. Runners up Niomi Eve and Emma McGann also attended. The prize will run initially for another two years.

Friends, family and fans of Lynsey enjoyed a champagne reception kindly sponsored by Cherry Red Records and accompanied musically by Mike Lindup who played a selection of Lynsey’s songs, followed by a dinner. The host for the evening was Dame Esther Rantzen, TV presenter and founder of ChildLine and The Silver Line. She was one of Lynsey’s close friends and was a great help in organising the event.

An auction was hosted by PRS Chairman Guy Fletcher, and raised over £3,500 for the PRS for Music Members Benevolent Fund.

Lynsey was an award-winning musician, writing 12 top twenty hits such as ‘Dancing on A Saturday Night’ and ‘Sugar Me’, singing six of them, and winning two Ivors and a BASCA Gold Badge among many others. Her TV themes included Hearts of Gold.

The event took place at PRS headquarters at 2 Pancras Square.

 

All photos by Sylvan Mason.

Niomi Eve, Emma McGrath and Emma McGann

Niomi Eve, Emma McGrath and Emma McGann

Mitch Murray, Kiki Dee and Christopher Gunning (chair of Event Committee)

Mitch Murray, Kiki Dee and Christopher Gunning (chair of Event Committee)

Dame Esther Ranzen, host of the evening

Dame Esther Ranzen, host of the evening

Jessica Morgan (Fund Communication Officer) assisting Guy Fletcher (PRS Chair) at the auction

Jessica Morgan (Fund Communication Officer) assisting Guy Fletcher (PRS Chair) at the auction

Eddie Levy (Fund Committee Member) and John Logan (Fund General Secretary) browsing the event programme

Eddie Levy (Fund Committee Member) and John Logan (Fund General Secretary) browsing the event programme

Mike Lindup (Fund Committee Member)

Mike Lindup (Fund Committee Member)

John Logan (Fund General Secretary) interviewed by Vintage TV

John Logan (Fund General Secretary) interviewed by Vintage TV

Guy Fletcher (PRS Chair) addressing the room

Guy Fletcher (PRS Chair) addressing the room

Auction prizes

Auction prizes

Christine Keeley (Fund Administrator) and Jessica Morgan (Fund Communication Officer)

Christine Keeley (Fund Administrator) and Jessica Morgan (Fund Communication Officer)

Lynsey de Paul in a montage of her songs

Lynsey de Paul in a montage of her songs

Guy Fletcher (PRS Chair) and Emma McGrath (prizewinner)

Guy Fletcher (PRS Chair) and Emma McGrath (prizewinner)

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