UK: Patron and former chairman of the Music Producers Guild UK (MPG) Robin Millar was awarded an honorary professorship by Thames Valley University's Faculty of the Arts at a special ceremony held at London's Barbican last Friday (November 16th). With 44 number one hits to his credit, Millar - who first achieved widespread recognition through his work with Sade - is one of the UK's most successful record producers, writes David Davies.
Millar - whose other recording credits include David Gray, Sting, Randy Crawford and Everything But the Girl - has also cultivated a strong reputation as an academic, mentor to FTSE business leaders, fundraiser and spokesperson to the British government for the music sector. A music patron of the UNHCR, he has been blind since the age of 16.
"Thames Valley University has always been at the forefront of university engagement with professionals in a wide range of industries," said Chris O'Neil, dean of TVU's Faculty of the Arts. We also have a long history of music and the arts at the university. Therefore, it is only right that we should recognise and honour Robin as the innovative, ground-breaking and inspirational role model he is to our students, our staff and the world of music."
Considering his award, Robin Millar commented: "This is a great honour and I am delighted that the world of academia has acknowledged the art of record production by recognising it as a real, tangible and measurable discipline. Record production is a skill that can - and should - be learned because the role of the producer is vital to the success of the entire music industry."
Among other figures of potential interest to PSN-e readers to have received an award from Thames Valley University this year is classical and advertising music composer (not to mention former Soft Machine keyboardist) Karl Jenkins.
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