Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith, poet Lemn Sissay and singer-songwriter Alison Moyet are among the notable figures in the arts who have been recognized on the Queen’s birthday honors list.
In a list once again dominated by the heroes and heroines of the coronavirus pandemic, and in particular the key players in the successful launch of the vaccine in Britain, there was room to praise the achievements of people in the fields of the arts. , the culture and sports of the nation.
Leith has risen to the highest ranks of the Order of the British Empire by becoming a lady, alongside sculptor Phyllida Barlow and Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Philips. Actor Jonathan Pryce, who played Pope Francis in The Two Popes and the Supreme Sparrow in Game of Thrones, has also been awarded the highest honor, receiving knighthood having received a CBE in 2009.
Several singer-songwriters have also been recognized on the 2021 honors list, including Skin (real name Deborah Ann Dyer), the singer-songwriter best known as the frontman of the rock band Skunk Anansie, who was awarded an OBE for her services. to the music. Lulu, who received an OBE in 2000, becomes a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, for his services to music, entertainment and charity, while Moyet, the singer of It Won’t Be Long and Invisible, receives an MBE for music services.
Also in the world of music, Arnold George Dorsey, better known as Engelbert Humperdinck, receives an MBE for services to music, while John Heath Summers, CEO of the Hallé Orchestra, and cellist Julian Lloyd Webber receive an OBE.
In the literary world, the historical fiction novelist Philippa Gregory, author of The Red Queen and The Other Boleyn Girl, receives a CBE along with the pioneering publisher and writer Margaret Busby, the writer and ceramist Edmund de Waal, who received the Order award. from the British Empire in 2011. Sissay receives an OBE along with children’s and young adult writer David Almond.
On the sports front, commentator Sue Barker receives a CBE for her services to sports, broadcasting and charity, alongside former Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson, who receives the same honor for his services to soccer. The Leeds Rhinos rugby manager, Kevin Sinfield, receives an OBE for rugby league services and charity fundraising for motor neuron disease.
As debate continues over the England soccer team’s decision to continue to kneel to combat racism in the sport, Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling receives an MBE for his services to racial equality, while Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson receives the same honor for his services. for charity.
Other perhaps lesser-known art figures were also celebrated, such as Catherine Elizabeth McGill, Director of Folk Arts Oxford, who is awarded a British Empire Medal for her services to the arts after transforming the Oxford Folk Weekend festival into an event. completely online in four weeks when the lockdown was announced, and 23-year-old saxophonist Jess Gillam, who receives the same award for “enlivening the music world with his outstanding talent and infectious personality.”