PWL is thrilled to announce that our very own Pete Waterman is amongst the RNCM’s 2016 list of Honorands!
The Coventry-born entrepreneur, who has sold over 500 million records during his 40 year career, will be awarded Fellowship of the RNCM (FRNCM) alongside alumnus Alasdair Tait, Chief Executive of the Young Classical Artists’ Trust, and award-winning composer Professor Gary Carpenter for services to music.
Professor Linda Merrick, RNCM Principal, said: ‘The RNCM is one of the world’s leading conservatoires, not only for gifted classical musicians, but for talented popular music students too.
‘Every day our students take inspiration from professional tutors, performers and industry experts from all over the world, and it is a pleasure to be able to acknowledge the incredible achievements of Pete Waterman, Alasdair Tait and Gary Carpenter in this way.’
Pete, Alasdair and Gary will be awarded their Fellowships at the College’s Congregation of Awards in December when the RNCM will also present Honorary Membership (HonRNCM) to Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manchester, Susan Baines, RNCM Vice-Principal (Operations), and Dr Howard Keable, who retires as Secretary of the RNCM Board of Governors later this year.
Pete presents his new show every Saturday from 12 – 2pm BBC WM & BBC Coventry and Warwickshire . The Pete Waterman Show is a magical mix of fantastic music from all eras. With his wealth of music knowledge there are plenty of surprises and Pete promises that there’ll always be something in there you don’t expect to hear.
Pete says: “I care passionately about the West Midlands – it’s where I started and it’s the part of the country with the very best people. I can’t wait to talk to listeners and to share some stories.”
Editor of BBC WM, Sarah Harness says “I am absolutely delighted that Pete has joined the station. His love and knowledge of music shines through and every show is a surprise. It’s great to have him back in the West Midlands!”