Today the Queen's Birthday Honours 2003 are announced. Here are the ones I've found of interest to dance lovers with my comments in brackets. If I have missed any, do add them below or write your own comments on the published list:
Order of the Companions of Honour CH
Sir (Alan) Charles (MacLaurin) Mackerras, composer and conductor, services to music.
John Tusa, managing director, Barbican Centre, services to the arts. (the Barbican is now one of the key venues for dance in London.)
Royal Victorian Order (Lieutenant)
Colin David Tweedy, chief executive, Arts and Business. (This organisation brings business and arts companies togther both for funding and sharing knowledge.)
CBE (Companion of The British Empire)
Marion Hooper Tait, ballet mistress, Birmingham Royal Ballet, services to dance. (A much loved dancer who is now passing on her knowledge to the next generation. She still occasionally dances and I saw her in BRB's "Arthur" at Sadler's Wells.
Alan Thomas Grieve, chairman, Jerwood Foundation, services to the arts. (The Jerwood Centre is an important class and rehearsal space in London; the Jerwood awards play an important part in UK dance and the Jerwood proms at Sadler's Wells make it possible to see world class dance at rock-botton prices.)
Anish Kapoor, Sculptor. For services to the Arts. (who has worked with Akram Khan)
OBE (Order of the British Empire)
Prof Elizabeth Murdoch, Emeritus Prof of Physical Educ, Sports Science, Dance and Leisure, Univ of Brighton. For services to Physical Educ and Sport.
Kenneth Olumuyiwa Tharp, Artistic dir, National Youth Dance Trust. For serv Dance. (A wonderful dancer and dance enabler plus one of the nicest people in UK dance. He still performs with ARC and is on the Board of the ROH.)
MBE (Member of the British Empire)
Thomas Hulme Moss, for services to Dance in Wigan, Lancashire.
(The rank order is (highest first) - CBE, OBE, MBE.)
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