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Uni's honour for prog doc Wyatt

Prog icon Robert Wyatt is to be given an honorary doctorate in music by the University Of Kent.

A founding member of Soft Machine, Wyatt was considered one of the leading lights in the Canterbury music scene and has gone on to have a remarkable solo career.

He will be named a Doctor of Music by the university at a ceremony on Friday, July 18.

A statement from the university says: “Robert Wyatt was born in Bristol but moved to Canterbury where, as a member of Soft Machine, he was a leading light of the city’s famous music scene of the late 1960s.

“He continued his music career as a solo artist and had a 1983 chart hit with the song Shipbuilding.”

The news comes in the week the presenter of Prog Magazine’s Progressive Music Awards Gavin Esler was installed as the university’s new Chancellor.

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