INTERNATIONAL classical pianist and composer Stephen Hough – who spent much of his youth in Warrington – has received an honorary Doctor of Music award at the University of Chester.
Stephen was living at Thelwall and attending Thelwall Junior School, when he started to learn the piano at the age of five.
He was one of a number of well-known people to receive honorary degrees during the university’s springtime graduation ceremonies when thousands of students received their degrees.
Stephen combines a distinguished career as a pianist with that of a composer, essay writer and novelist.
He was awarded the CBE in the 2014 New Year’s Honours List and has appeared with many of the world’s leading orchestras as well as regularly broadcasting on television and radio.
But he has never forgotten his roots in Cheshire and Warrington, frequently giving recitals locally.
He once stepped in to save the day when the scheduled pianist for the free lunchtime concerts at Holy Trinity Church failed to turn up.
Also receiving an honorary Doctor of Business Administration award was Christine Gaskell, first chairman of the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)