More than 60 arts professionals are included in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list, the most ethnically diverse to date.
Leaders in dance have featured prominently in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, as figures across arts, music, drama and literature are also celebrated.
Arlene Philips has been made a Dame for her services to dance and charity, alongside sculptor Phyllida Barlow, pianist Imogen Cooper and The Great British Bake-Off judge Prue Leith, recognised for her services to broadcasting. Actor Jonathan Pryce received a Knighthood for services to drama.
Dance is one of the most represented sectors in the arts on this year’s honours list with six awards. Theresa Ann Beattie and Emma Gladstone were given an OBE, Pippa Moore an MBE and Stephanie Phillip a BEM, all for services to dance.
DanceEast Chief Executive Brendan Keaney won an OBE. He said he was “shocked and delighted” to see dance recognised heavily across the list.
“Since 2020 we have been developing some digital tools that we firmly believe will be gamechangers for dance teaching in schools,” Keaney added.
“Hopefully, this award will help these innovations gain some of the attention that they truly deserve.”
In music, Julian Lloyd Webber has become an OBE for his term as Principle of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, alongside composer Eleanor Alberga. Musicians Lulu and Rick Wakeman of Yes received CBEs.
Artist Edmund de Waal, Brixton House chair David Bryan and author of ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’ Philippa Gregory were also among those awarded CBEs.
Services through Covid-19
Like last year’s list, those who worked to combat Covid-19 feature heavily, making up 23% of award winners.
Folk Arts Oxford Director Catherine Elizabeth McGill was awarded a BEM for transforming Folk Weekend Oxford into a four-week online event after the first lockdown was announced.
Director Matthew Howard Baker received a BEM for services to music and community during Covid-19 and DCMS Director Emma Squire became a CBE for services to heritage and arts during Covid-19.
Clore Leadership Executive Director Hilary Carty was given an OBE for services to leadership development in the cultural and creative industries.
Clore Leadership engaged with more than 2,600 people online during the past year, with the aspiration to “achieve a rich, diverse and representative cultural sector.”
“The cultural and creative industries channel the hearts and minds of society and create spaces for great creativity and resourcefulness - qualities that have been in high demand over the past year,” Carty commented.
“It is always rewarding to be nurturing and engaging with new generations of leaders, and I am humbled to receive this recognition for doing the work I love.”
This year’s list is being championed as the most ethnically diverse to date, with 15% of recipients coming from an ethnic minority background.
Women represent 50% of the total of the 1,129 people receiving an award, although 61% of recipients at CBE level and above are men.
The percentage of award winners who are disabled or have a long-term health condition increased by 3% from last October’s list, to 9%.
Award winners were asked to report their socioeconomic background for the first time this year. 17.3% of recipients said they were from a lower socioeconomic background.
See below for a full list of award winners cited for their service in the arts. The full list of 2021 honours can be found here.
Dames and Knighthoods
Prudence Margaret Leith
Edmund De Waal
Williams Stephen Ferris
John Wesley Holder
Richard Christopher Wakeman
David John Almond
Theresa Ann Beattie
Hilary Carty Bing-Pappoe
Deborah Anne Dyer (Skin)
Brendan Joseph Keaney
Professor Julian Lloyd Webber
Peter Gerald Stewart Murray
Alexia Jane Quin
Veronica Maudlyn Ryan
John Heath Summers
Genevieve Alison-Jane Ballard
Morna Helen Barron
Nadine Rohanda Smith Wray Willow Benjamin
James Richard Brand
Allan James Clayton
Susan Kay Dunbar
Paul James Higgins
Irenosen Iseghohi Okojie
Patrice Eunice Lawrence
Simon Andrew Hicks Mayo
John Wilson Oxley
Christopher John Robinson
Francis Arthur Runacres
Steven Charles Tompkins
Huw Thomas Watkins
Matthew Howard Baker
William Alan Hawkshaw
Andrew Kent Hewish
Martin Frederic Hudson
Gertrude Olive Jamison
Peter Outram Lawson
Catherine Elizabeth McGill
Kenneth Alan Edward Taylor
Noel Harwood Tredinnick
Jeremy Huw Williams
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