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SONGLINK PRIZES TO BE AWARDED AT LIPA GRADUATION

SONGLINK PRIZES TO BE AWARDED AT LIPA GRADUATION

Liverpool, July 2017: SongLink editor David Stark is presenting the annual SongLink Prizes at LIPA Graduation Day on Friday July 28th at Liverpool's Philharmonic Hall. This year's two recipients are Øyvind Weiseth from Norway (Best Contemporary Song for Inside Our Minds); and Ian Gillberg (aka Ian Janco) from the USA (Best Song Musically & Lyrically for Life). The ceremony is also being attended by LIPA Lead Patron Sir Paul McCartney who earlier this year conducted exclusive one-on-one songwriting sessions with both SongLink Prize winners and other selected students on the songwriting course.

SongLink Prize winners Oyvind Weiseth and Ian Gillberg
SongLink Prize winners
Øyvind Weiseth & Ian Gillberg

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Paul McCartney and LIPA students
Paul McCartney & LIPA students
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LIPA Companion Chris Difford
LIPA Companion Chris Difford
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Idaho-born Ian Gillberg (stage name Ian Janco) grew up on Carole King's ranch and says "I've been fortunate enough to have some writing mentorship sessions with her in the last few years." Life is his debut single and is available at Soundcloud and other digital platforms. Øyvind Weiseth takes inspiration from artists such as Kings of Leon, Coldplay and Bernhoft, while Inside Our Minds is out on all streaming channels, released independently through Horus Music.

Various notables were also being honoured as new 'Companions of LIPA' by Paul McCartney, who bestowed the same honour on David Stark back in 2006. These include songwriter/musician Chris Difford of Squeeze, sound engineer Jonathan Burton, stage director John Caird, lighting designer Jon Driscoll and Mary Ward of Chickenshed Theatre.

LIPA - the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts - opened in 1996 to forge a new approach to performing arts training. It was co-founded by Paul McCartney and LIPA's Principal Mark Featherstone-Witty RNOM OBE, and is housed McCartney's old school, the Liverpool Institute, which underwent a multi-million pound renovation to transform it into a state-of-the-art performing arts higher education institution.

Today LIPA is an acknowledged part of the UK's higher education provision for the performing arts, recognised and ranked alongside institutions a lot older. LIPA provides learning for the main skills needed for putting on a show (performers and those who make performance possible), uniquely blending specialist and generic skills.

LIPA offers degree courses in Acting, Applied Theatre and Community Drama, Dance, Management of Music, Entertainment, Theatre & Events, Music, Sound Technology, Theatre and Performance Design and Theatre and Performance Technology. We also run full-time one year Foundation Certificates in Commercial Dance and Popular Music and Music Technology.

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Ian Janco (Gillberg)

Øyvind Weiseth

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