UK songwriter receives Russian Art Award

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David Courtney has become the first British songwriter to receive the Tsarskoselskaya Art Award in Russia.

He was given the accolade for his composing and production work on Russian artist Marina Kapuro’s 2016 album Matinee.

The ceremony took place at the Imperial Tsarskoselsky Lyceum, St Petersburg, on 18 October.

Courtney said: ‘I was astounded when I received the news that I was to be given this prestigious award and I am extremely honoured and proud to be the first British composer to receive it.’

Matinee was released in June and is the first collaboration of its kind between a renowned Russian artist and a British composer.

Throughout his career, Courtney has worked with the likes of Roger Daltrey, David Gilmour, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton and Sir Paul McCartney.

He is also credited with discovering Leo Sayer and co-wrote many of his hits.

Read our interview with him here.

Image credit: David Myers

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