New Seat of Learning tribute to Doctor of Music

Posted by am74 at Jul 05, 2012 12:55 PM |
Engelbert Humperdinck recognised by fan base with gift to University of Leicester Library
New Seat of Learning tribute to Doctor of Music

Mass Communications student Han Zhang makes use of the chair

Fans of Engelbert Humperdinck have honoured his 45 years in the music industry by sponsoring a reader's chair for the award-winning University of Leicester Library.

Members of the 'Engelbert in the UK' fan club are keen to celebrate the singer's tremendous international contribution by making a gift to the University based in his home city of Leicester. Engelbert was honoured by the University of Leicester in 2006 when he was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Music.

The chair will be placed on the top floor of the Library where another chair - donated to mark Engelbert's 40 years in the industry -is already located.

Mrs Audrey Taylor, secretary from the Engelbert in the UK fan club said:  "It is a pleasure once again to make a donation of a chair to the University Library in Engelbert's celebration of 45 years in the music industry.  The funds raised to purchase this chair have been made from the sale of items from one of our senior members Judy Hayward's Engelbert collection who passed away in February 2012 after a long illness.  She was joint instigator in the purchasing of the first chair and I thought it appropriate to celebrate both her life and love of Engelbert's music by way of this chair."

Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Librarian Christine Fyfe said: "I am thrilled that the members of the Engelbert in the UK fan club have chosen to sponsor a second Library chair in honour of  Engelbert Humperdinck's amazing 45 years in the music industry. This will be a source of pride and inspiration to the many generations of students who will use the chair over the coming years."

The Vitra's Visavis 2 chair was selected in consultation with the University's students - not only is this a design classic, but it is also very comfortable for long periods of study.

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For more information, please contact Christine Fyfe on: 0116 252 2320

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