Following on from last year’s recognition of Henrik Barman Michelsen, the second MPG Prize has been presented to budding sound engineer/producer Philip Cook, pictured here during the recent presentation in Liverpool.
Each year, the MPG Guild Prize acknowledged the most promising student to graduate from the LIPA (Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts) Sound Technology degree course.
The prize was presented by MPG chairman Steve Levine and MPG director Tony Platt during LIPA’s annual graduation ceremony, which took place on 29 July. Also present was LIPA lead patron Sir Paul McCartney.
The aim of the Music Producers Guild Prize is to recognise the student who, in the opinion of his or her tutors, has shown the most exceptional talent, initiative, commitment and consideration to the art of music recording and production.
Jon Thornton, who heads LIPA’s three year BA (Hons) Sound Technology course, commented: “We chose Philip because he has shown enormous dedication, particularly during the last year of his degree. He was very willing to engage with external projects and gained practical experience by working alongside other engineers, as well as tackling his own recording projects. Philip truly understands what it takes to be a producer in today’s world, where those who wish to pursue this career path have to find their own opportunities as well as delivering great results.”
Since moving to Liverpool to study for his degree, Cook has completed work experience assignments in a number of recording facilities, including Gigant Studio in Norway. He has also worked with many new artists including Untouched, Lyra Jay, Katrina Heenan, Ben Noke and Mari Jørgensen.
Commenting on the Prize, Tony Platt said: “Winning the MPG Prize will give Philip a range of opportunities that will help him develop and explore the recording techniques he has learned at LIPA and allow him to make valuable contacts within the professional sound industry. The Music Producers Guild is very keen to find meaningful ways to encourage the next generation of engineers and producers and by collaborating with LIPA we can offer our support to someone who has already shown exceptional promise.”
The prize will give Cook the chance to shadow MPG award winners Markus Dravs and James Rutledge. He will also attend an orchestral recording session with Haydn Bendall, as well as participating in a short internship at AIR Studios and a day’s tuition at Avid’s UK HQ.
Throughout the year he will be mentored by various MPG members, including Levine, Platt and Mick Glossop. Meanwhile, Prism Sound/SADiE has offered to contribute towards the cost of Cook’s travel and accommodation expenses while he is taking up these opportunities.