2023 LIPA graduation ceremony

Friday, July 28, 2023

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From Liverpool Echo, July 28, 2023:

Sir Paul McCartney has been spotted in Liverpool today. The former Beatle was back in his hometown for a graduation ceremony at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) this afternoon. Around 330 students from 30 countries attended the ceremony at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall after finishing their degrees.

Poet Simon Armitage was made a companion of the college by McCartney at the ceremony alongside Oscar-winning costume designer Jenny Beavan and UK Eurovision representative Sonia. Rock legend and former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant, who was not at the event, was also made a companion. […]

Sean McNamara, LIPA’s principal and chief executive, said: “In the realm of the performing arts, creativity knows no bounds. Whether it be through music, dance, theatre, or any other form of expression, the performing arts provide us with a unique platform to communicate, and to serve as a mirror to society, reflecting our collective joys, sorrows, hopes, and struggles. The world of 2020, when many of our graduating students entered LIPA, was profoundly different to the one of today. The resilience and determination our students have displayed is an inspiration.

The awards are given for “outstanding achievement and practical contribution to students’ learning”. Poet Laureate Armitage, who has won an Ivor Novello Award and a Bafta, spent six weeks with LIPA students last year as they worked together to create a new performance of the Mesopotamian epic poem Gilgamesh.

Also among those becoming LIPA companions was playwright and director John Godber – who worked on dramas Brookside and Grange Hill – and Broadway and West End theatre producer Ashley Herman.

Lighting designer Tim Routledge – who has contributed to Beyonce, Take That, Spice Girls, and this year’s Eurovision Song Contest performances – and social justice and anti-racism champion Jacqueline Stewart, from campaigning women’s theatre company Clean Break, were also on the latest list. […]

Paul at LIPA in Liverpool today, 28th July, with the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts companions for 2023, (front row left to right) Jacqueline Stewart, Jenny Beavan, Sonia Evans and Anna-Jane Casey, (back row left-right) Ashley Herman, John Godber, Sean McNamara, LIPA’s Principal and CEO, Sir Paul McCartney, Mark Featherstone-Witty LIPA co founder, Tim Routledge and Simon Armitage)
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