The former Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet and former Managing Director of Edinburgh International Festival are among those who received awards.
David Bintley, former Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet, and classical music broadcaster Humphrey Burton are among the arts professionals recognised in this year’s New Year honours.
Both Bintley and Burton received knighthoods in recognition of their work. Playwright Christopher Hampton, theatre and film director Sam Mendes, and film director Steve McQueen were also knighted, while ceramicist Magdalene Odundo and writer Rose Tremain were made dames.
The highest recognition went to musician Sir Elton John, who was made a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour. This title is held by the sovereign and a maximum of 65 people at any one time. Other members of the order include Arts Council England Chair Sir Nicholas Serota, actor Dame Judi Dench and percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie.
Dance professionals recognised
There was a strong showing for dance professionals among the other honours awarded. CBEs were awarded to choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh and choreographer and director Stephen Mear. Mirella Bartrip, former Director of Dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, received an OBE, as did choreographer Kate Flatt.
Other cultural administrators receiving CBEs were Joanna Baker, former Managing Director of Edinburgh International Festival, Timothy Walker, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of London Philharmonic Orchestra, and Kevin Fewster, former Director of Royal Museums Greenwich.
This honour was also received by actor Rudolph Walker and composer Errollyn Wallen, the first black woman to have a work performed at the proms.
Creative artists awarded OBEs included visual artist David Shrigley and the disabled dancer David Toole. In reference to the award, Toole tweeted: “Just so we all know. Having an OBE does not make me a Sir. The number of people that think it does is incredible. I’m just Dave, grumpy old Dave.”
State school support
Arts professionals receiving MBEs included Mark Everett, former Director of Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre, cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, and the former Joint Artistic Directors of Paines Plough, James Grieve and George Perrin.
Kanneh-Mason said he was “absolutely thrilled” with the award, in a statement posted from his Twitter account: “I was so lucky to have the dedicated support of my parents in giving me the opportunity to have specialist music lessons… I also had incredible support from the state schools I attended in Nottingham”.
He added that “the love and enjoyment for this great art is something that should be available to everyone, regardless of background” and said he would continue his work with charities to help all young people access music.
Former BBC executive and ArtsProfessional contributor Jane Ellison was among those recognised with a British Empire Medal (BEM), an honour awarded for “a ‘hands-on’ service to the local community”. Ellison is a trustee of Libraries Connected and holds several other advisory roles in the cultural sector.
New Year honours for arts professionals
Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour
- Musician Sir Elton John
Dames and Knighthoods
- Ceramicist Magdalene Odundo
- Writer Rose Tremain
- David Bintley, former Director, Birmingham Royal Ballet
- Classical music broadcaster and producer Humphrey Burton
- Playwright Christopher Hampton
- Theatre and film director Sam Mendes
- Film director Steve McQueen
- Joanna Baker, former Managing Director of Edinburgh International Festival and Chair of the National Youth Choir of Scotland.
- Actress Wendy Craig
- Kevin Fewster, former Director of Royal Museums Greenwich
- Shobana Jeyasingh, choreographer and founder of Shobana Jeyasingh Dance
- Screenwriter and film director Steven Knight
- Choreographer and director Stephen Mear
- Actor Rudolph Walker
- Timothy Walker, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of London Philharmonic Orchestra
- Composer Errollyn Wallen
- Mirella Bartrip, former Director of Dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
- Maureen Beattie, actor and President of Equity
- Composer and singer Judith Bingham
- Helga Louise Edström, Senior Policy Adviser at DCMS
- Ann Gallagher, former Director of Collection, British art at Tate
- Playwright James Graham
- Lesley Knox, former Chair, V&A Dundee
- Choreographer Kate Flatt
- Musician Gary Lightbody
- Philip Long, Director of V&A Dundee
- Tim Marlow, Artistic Director of the Royal Academy of Arts
- Artist David Shrigley
- Musician Roger Taylor
- Dancer David Toole
- Joanna Abeyie, for services to diversity in the media and creative industries
- David Alston, former Arts Director at the Arts Council of Wales
- Artist Robert Boyd
- Thomas Brown, Pipe Band Drummer and Instructor, Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia Pipe Band
- Author David Burns
- Singer Billy Ocean
- Musician David Delargy
- Mark Everett, former Director, Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, Kent
- Playwright and actor Natasha Gordon
- James Grieve, former Joint Artistic Director, Paines Plough. For services to Theatre
- Activist Roger Griffith
- Actor Derek Griffiths
- Composer Helen Grime
- Toni Johnson, for services to the arts and the community in County Fermanagh
- Author Dreda Say Mitchell
- Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason
- Charlie Kennard, Co-Founder and Principal, East London Arts and Music
- Richard Kerslake, for services to education and the arts in the London Borough of Sutton
- Jean Leonard, for services to music and the community in Orkney
- Arts producer and consultant Elizabeth Lynch
- Musician Martin O'Hagan
- Musician Eugene O'Hagan
- Judith Palmer For services to Dance
- George Perrin, former Joint Artistic Director, Paines Plough
- Kathleen Picken, Music Teacher, Dumfries and Galloway Council
- Singer Mike Pender
- Marilyn Scott, Director, The Lightbox, Woking, Surrey
- Design collector Ken Stradling
- Cellist David Strange
- Actor and musician Giles Terera
- Roy Alexander Weise, Joint Artistic Director, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
- Mat Wright, Artistic Director, Barnsley Youth Choir