Barry Manilow Honored With Honorary Fellowship in England

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Barry Manilow on the Today show on June 7, 2018.

It’s a long way from Copacabana, but they sure do love Barry Manilow in Manchester. 

The veteran crooner received an honorary fellowship from the Royal Northern College of Music part way through his performance Sunday night at the Manchester Arena, in northern England.

“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,” Manilow said on receiving his award, Reuters reports.

College principal Linda Merrick and the head of the popular music degree program, Andy Stott, were on hand to fete the 75-year-old singer, who Stott described as “one of the world’s greatest showmen”.

Manilow has apparently recovered from the ill health which forced him to cancel a handful of Vegas shows in June.  His tour moves on Arena Birmingham on Tuesday night followed by three dates at London’s O2, starting Thursday night.