A private memorial service will be held on Friday (July 10) for David Ferguson, the former chairman of the British Academy of Songwriters, Authors and Composers (BASCA).

In a statement on its Web site, BASCA said it had been "flooded with messages from many members and friends who knew him and worked with him" and these have been published online.

Ferguson died on July 5 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer, BASCA said.

"Passion, determination and grit were the hallmarks of his term as chairman of BASCA from 2002 to 2008," said the statement. "He put BASCA on the political map and welded the writing community into a unified body. Today, because of David, composers and songwriters have a far better understanding of the challenges and threats we all face in a highly competitive environment."

A highly successful British film and TV composer, Ferguson was awarded BASCA's highest honor, the Fellowship, at the Ivor Novello awards in May.

BASCA added that anyone wishing to send flowers should, at the request of the family, instead send donations to Dorothy House, the hospice that looked after Ferguson until his death. He is survived by his wife Silvina, who he married in February, and his son Sam.