Staff at the city's Royal Northern College of
Music handed over an Honorary Fellowship to the Emmy and Grammy
winner part way through his performance at the Manchester Arena
"You know what they say, that giving is better than receiving -
but not tonight," said the 75-year-old performer, whose glitzy
hits include "I Write the Songs", "Copacabana", "Mandy" and
"Ready to Take a Chance Again".
"I tell you, something like this just inspires me to keep making
make more and more and more music for you. So thanks for this
... thank you so much," he added, before getting his band back
into the groove with an "Alright boys let's go!"
College principal Linda Merrick handed over the certificate
after a speech by the head of the popular music degree program,
Andy Stott, who described Manilow as "one of the world's
"For over five decades, Barry has become an icon of the popular
music industry," said Stott as the singer raised his eyebrows
After the show, Stott said he was hoping to build up links with
Manilow so the star could inspire his students and boost their
(Reporting by Reuters Television; Writing by Andrew Heavens.
Editing by Patrick Johnston)
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