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Frozen Planet sound recordist receives honorary degree

 A sound recordist who worked on the BBC’s Frozen Planet series has received an honorary award from Leeds Beckett University. 

Chris Watson is a talented musician, composer, and sound recordist, and one of the world’s leading recorders of wildlife and sound phenomena in the natural world.

He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate at Leeds Town Hall of Arts on 19 July.

Chris Watson said: “After times spent exploring different sound worlds on location with students and staff at the University it is now a real pleasure and honour to receive this award.”

His work has appeared in many programmes in the David Attenborough ‘Life’ series including ‘The Life of Birds’, which won a BAFTA Award for ‘Best Factual Sound’ in 1996. Chris was the location sound recordist for the BBC Series ‘Frozen Planet’, which also won a BAFTA Award for the ‘Best Factual Sound in 2012.

Born in Sheffield, Chris has enjoyed a long and successful career in sound production, and his installations have been showcased around the world, winning numerous awards along the way.

Sir Bob Murray CBE, Chancellor of Leeds Beckett University, said: “Chris is an expert in his field and has enjoyed a long and successful career in the industry, working on some truly remarkable productions.

"As one of the leading sound engineers in the country, he is an inspiration to the sound engineers of the future I am delighted that the university is recognising Chris’s talents with this honorary award.”


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