Music maestro awarded honorary degree

Music maestro awarded honorary degreeProducer, singer/songwriter and musician, Trevor Horn, received an honorary degree from Southampton Solent University in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments in music and his commitment to the music industry.

He was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Music during a ceremony at Southampton’s Guildhall on 20 November.

The winner of two Grammy awards, three Brits and five Ivor Novellos, Trevor Horn is one of the most decorated and successful producers of his era.

One of the industry’s true mavericks, he continues to push creative boundaries while achieving worldwide success.

In 1979, Video Killed the Radio Star topped the UK charts and prophetically announced the arrival of MTV and the ‘video generation’.

In 1984 he produced albums for the Art of Noise and Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Welcome to the Pleasuredome scored number one hits with three of its singles.

Both albums were recorded at his Sarm Studios which also hosted the chart greats of the time as they recorded Band Aid’s Do they know it’s Christmas.

He continued to work with the music elite including, Godley & Crème, Pet Shop Boys, Rod Stewart and Sir Paul McCartney.

In December 1990, ZTT - the groundbreaking label formed by Trevor Horn, Paul Morley and Jill Sinclair - and Trevor scored their first hit with Seal and Crazy. Over the next decade the partnership between label, producer and artist enjoyed worldwide sales and Grammy awards for ‘Record of the Year’ and ‘Best Song’, for Kiss from a Stone.

Trevor Horn continues to be at the forefront of music production, working with internationally acclaimed artists such as Robbie Williams, Celine Dion and Macy Gray.


Southampton Solent University offers more than 19,000 students over 200 qualifications ranging from HND to PhD, in subjects such as maritime education and training, fashion and design, media and television, music, sport and leisure, business, IT and technology.

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