Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith, poet Lemn Sissay and singer-songwriter Alison Moyet are among the notable artistic figures to have been recognized on the Queen’s Birthday Honors list.
In a list dominated once again by the heroes and heroines of the coronavirus pandemic, and in particular the key players in Britain’s successful vaccine deployment, there was room to praise the achievements of people in the fields of arts, culture and sport of the country.
Leith entered 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 Great Sparrow in Game of Thrones, also received the highest honor, receiving a knight title after receiving a CBE in 2009.
A number of female singer-songwriters were also recognized in the 2021 Honors List, including Skin (real name Deborah Ann Dyer), the singer-songwriter known as the lead singer of rock band Skunk. Anansie, who received an OBE for services. to the music. Lulu, who received an OBE in 2000, is made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, for 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 rendered to music, while John Heath Summers, CEO of the Hallé Orchestra, and cellist Julian Lloyd Webber receive an OBE.
In the literary world, best-selling historical fiction novelist Philippa Gregory, author of The Red Queen and The Other Boleyn Girl, receives a CBE alongside pioneering editor and writer Margaret Busby, writer and potter Edmund de Waal , who received the Order of the British Empire in 2011. Sissay receives an OBE alongside children’s and young adult writer David Almond.
In the sporting sphere, commentator Sue Barker is awarded a CBE for services rendered to sport, broadcasting and charity, alongside former Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson, who receives the same honor for services rendered to the soccer. The director of rugby at Leeds Rhinos, Kevin Sinfield, receives an OBE for rugby league service and motor neuron disease charity fundraiser.
As the debate continues over the England football team’s decision to continue kneeling to tackle racism in sport, Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling is awarded an MBE for service to the racial equality, while Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson gets the same honor for his service. for charities.
Other perhaps lesser-known figures of the arts were also celebrated, such as Catherine Elizabeth McGill, director of Folk Arts Oxford, who receives a British Empire Medal for service to the arts after transforming the Folk Weekend Oxford festival into a fully online event in four weeks when the lockdown was announced, and 23-year-old saxophonist Jess Gillam, who receives the same award for “bringing the music world to life with her exceptional talent and infectious personality.”