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Professor Sir Harrison Birtwistle

Professor Sir Harrison Birtwistle was given an Award of Doctor of Music honoris causa by City in 1996.

Now known as one of Britain's foremost composers, Sir Harrison started as a clarinettist, studying at the Royal Manchester College of Music, then the Royal Academy of Music.

He was Musical Director of London's Royal National Theatre from 1975 to 1983.

Birtwistle also held a professorial position at King's College London for seven years, and is a Visiting Professor elsewhere.

He has won a variety of prizes for music, and was awarded the Order of the Companions of Honour (2001) as well as a knighthood (1988).


View an alphabetical or chronological list of all City's honorary graduates since 1966.


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