The Who frontman gets honorary degree

17 July 2012

Roger Daltrey

Worldwide star Roger Daltrey CBE, founder and lead singer of globally successful rock band The Who, has been given an honorary degree by Middlesex University.

Daltrey has been recognised for his contribution to the music and acting industry – a career which has spanned six decades. Roger joined hundreds of students graduating, some of whom contributed visuals to the US tour of his ‘rock opera’ Tommy.

Roger Daltrey CBE said: “If I had the power to give honours, the students would be getting extra honorary degrees from me. After having the privilege of working with them on my production of The Who's Tommy, I was amazed with their vision and creativity. I look forward to seeing more of their work, knowing that within the visual creative industries, the future is a bright one. For me to receive this degree is an honour indeed.”

In addition to the many gold and platinum selling records he made with The Who, Roger has also released eight albums as a solo artist and performed in numerous television programmes, films and stage productions.

Middlesex University Vice-Chancellor Michael Driscoll said: “Roger Daltrey is one of the greatest musicians Britain has produced and he has been successful at everything he has turned his hand to. It was a real privilege for our students to work with him last year and the Tommy project was a great example of music, art and technology coming together.”

In 2005 he was awarded a CBE for his services to music, the entertainment industry and charity.

Roger collected his honorary degree at a ceremony at Middlesex University's Hendon campus.

The award is made as part of the University’s annual graduation celebrations, with honorary degrees presented to people who have made an outstanding contribution to their profession or the community.

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