imon Armitage has been recognized as a Companion of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (Lipa) by Sir Paul McCartney.
The ceremony in Liverpool took place on Friday and also honored Oscar-winning costume designer Jenny Beavan and West End performer Anna-Jane Casey. Former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant, although not present at the event, was also named a companion.
Previous recipients of the honor include musical pioneer Nile Rodgers and actors Rowan Atkinson and Stephen Fry.
The accolades are given to individuals who have made outstanding achievements and practical contributions to students’ learning.
During his time at Lipa, Poet Laureate Simon Armitage collaborated with students on a performance of the Mesopotamian epic poem Gilgamesh. Armitage, who has received an Ivor Novello Award and a Bafta, has written numerous works commemorating significant occasions, such as the poem “Floral Tribute” following the Queen’s death.
Jenny Beavan, on the other hand, has won three Academy Awards for Best Costume Design, including her work on films such as “A Room With A View,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” and “Cruella.”
Sonia, the former UK Eurovision representative, playwright and director John Godber, Broadway and West End theatre producer Ashley Herman, lighting designer Tim Routledge, and advocate for social justice and anti-racism Jacqueline Stewart were among the other individuals honored as companions of Lipa.
The Liverpool Philharmonic Hall was the venue for the ceremony, which was attended by approximately 330 students from 30 different countries.
Lipa was established in 1995 by Sir Paul McCartney and Mark Featherstone-Witty with the goal of providing the best education and training for individuals pursuing careers in the arts and entertainment industry.
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