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Barbara Phillips Winner of the Arts & Culture Award

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HAVING enjoyed a varied career in the arts from a singer in Liverpool vocal group Distinction to a TV scriptwriter, Barbara is nominated for her achievments with Positive Impact which works primarily with young people from the city’s black communities. She helped co-found the organisation which aims to provide opportunities for young people to learn new skills in the performing arts, free of charge. Barbara is a driving force in the organisation producing, managing, writing and composing music for various stage productions and radio dramas including The Grove broadcast on Radio Merseyside which won a Sony Award in 2005.

She has produced sell-out performances such as ‘Strictly Motown’, ‘Misunderstood?’ at venues such as the Everyman Theatre, the Contact Theatre, Liverpool Playhouse Theatre and Royal Court Theatre, and has enabled people from local communities, both professional and non-professional, to get involved. The recent production is the Classic Motown Show which showcases local young singers.

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