NEWS: Matthew Bourne and Kevin Godley among seven new LIPA Companions

Celebrated choreographer Matthew Bourne and musician and music video director Kevin Godley will become LIPA Companions during The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts’ (LIPA) graduation ceremony on 25 July. They are among seven luminaries who will be presented with the award by LIPA co-founder Sir Paul McCartney.

Matthew has five Olivier Awards on his CV and, among other production credits, created a new version of Swan Lake which has an all-male ensemble and featured in the film Billy Elliot.

Kevin is a founder member of rock/pop group 10cc and a music video producer. After leaving 10cc he went on to form duo Godley & Creme with former 10cc band mate Lol Creme.

Matthew and Kevin will be joined by stage and production manager Jason Barnes, UK pantomime producer Michael Harrison, choreographer and creative director Gary Lloyd, sound engineer and sound designer Owen Lewis, and reminiscence arts pioneer Pam Schweitzer. Victor Greenberg, a promoter of live jazz in Liverpool and one of LIPA’s original supporters, will also become an Honoured Friend

LIPA awards Companionships for two reasons: outstanding achievement and practical contribution to students’ learning.

LIPA’s Founding Principal and CEO, Mark Featherstone-Witty, said: “This year just shy of 200 practitioners contributed to our learning – a solid total for us in the provinces. No institution is better than its teachers. There’s no substitute for learning from the best – people like Paul, who answered students’ questions. These generous professionals shared their knowledge, engaging all the disciplines we teach.”

Over 260 students from the UK and more than 15 countries, among them Israel, South Korea and Venezuela, will be attending the ceremony to collect awards having completed either foundation certificate or degree programmes. 

LIPA is located in Sir Paul McCartney’s old school, the Liverpool Institute for Boys, which underwent a multi-million-pound renovation to turn it into a state-of-the-art performing arts higher education institution. It was founded by Sir Paul and Mark Featherstone-Witty. It opened in 1995 with the aim of providing the best teaching and learning for people who want to pursue a lasting career in the arts and entertainment industry, whether as performers or those who make performance possible.

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