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Chic legend Nile Rodgers will be honoured by Sir Paul McCartney at LIPA ceremony

Liverpool Echo logo Liverpool Echo 26/07/2018 Maria Breslin
a man wearing a helmet and holding a gun: Chic featuring Nile Rodgers performing on 26th October 2017 at The Liverpool Echo Arena opening Liverpool Music Week - photograph David Munn © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Chic featuring Nile Rodgers performing on 26th October 2017 at The Liverpool Echo Arena opening Liverpool Music Week - photograph David Munn

Music legend Nile Rodgers is being honoured by the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts -better known as LIPA.

The Chic frontman, who sold out the ECHO arena when he played Liverpool Music Week last October, will be made a Companion by LIPA co-founder Sir Paul McCartney at the annual graduation ceremony on Friday.

Rodgers, who co-founded disco band Chic in 1976 and more recently successfully battled cancer, won over a new generation of fans after collaborating with Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams on worldwide hit Get Lucky.

Singer and actress Toyah Willcox, Broadway and West End sound designer John Leonard, former Sony Music UK and Ireland CEO Paul Burger, community arts practitioner Ali Campbell, international lighting designer Felice Ross and dancer and choreographer Dean Lee will also be made Companions.

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Chief Operating officer of Twickenham Studios, Maria Walker and Professor Nigel Weatherill, vice-Chancellor and chief executive of Liverpool John Moores University, will become Honoured Friends of LIPA.

Around 250 students from 16 different countries, including Norway, Canada, Israel, India, Cayman Islands, South Korea, Hong Kong, South Africa and the United States will be attending the ceremony at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall having completed either degree or foundation certificate programmes.

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LIPA’s Founding Principal and CEO Mark Featherstone-Witty said: “With our government hell-bent on narrowing the secondary school curriculum to exclude the arts, I worry how long we can continue to celebrate achievement in the creative and performing arts.

"Soon all we will be left with is TV talent shows that are all about the performers and not the legions of people making performance possible.”

LIPA is located in Sir Paul McCartney’s old school, the Liverpool Institute for Boys.

It was founded by Sir Paul and Mark Featherstone-Witty and opened in 1995.

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