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Carlos Acosta, Simon Rattle and John Copley among those recognized in New Year's Honours 2014

A number of names from the worlds of opera and ballet honoured.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

31 December 2013 at 10.43am | 7 Comments

A number of names from the worlds of opera and ballet have been included in the New Year's Honours list.

Carlos Acosta has been awarded the CBE, capping a remarkable year for the Royal Ballet Guest Principal which has seen him stage a new production of Don Quixote at Covent Garden, release his debut novel, and star in his first feature film.

'I am very excited and thrilled about this news,' said Carlos, 'I never expected to receive an honour such as this, and am both delighted and very proud to be given such recognition for my work in the dance world. It was a huge surprise, and I feel privileged to be included.'

Opera director John Copley has also been awarded the CBE. He is perhaps best known for his much-loved Royal Opera production of La bohèmeThe production marks its 40th year in 2014.

Conductor Sir Simon Rattle was awarded the Order of Merit. This follows his CBE in 1987 and knighthood in 1994. Sir Simon returns to Covent Garden in 2014 to conduct Robert Carsen's award-winning production of Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites.

Choreographer and former dancer Gillian Lynne was made a Dame for services to dance and musical theatre. Following her performances with Sadler's Wells Ballet as a Leading Soloist between 1944 and 1951, Dame Gillian was instrumental in the development of jazz dance in Britain, leading to her iconic work on the musicals Cats and The Phantom of the Opera.

Master of the Queen's Music, composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, has been made a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour. His 1980 opera The Lighthouse was performed at Covent Garden in the Linbury Studio Theatre in 2012.

Others honoured include philanthropist Lady Patricia Hobson (OBE for services to ballet and philanthropy), Artistic Director of the Royal Ballet of Flanders Maria Assis Carreiro (MBE for services to dance) and Liv Lorent, founder of balletLorent (MBE for services to dance).

View the full New Year's Honours 2014 list

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

31 December 2013 at 10.43am

This article has been categorised Awards, Off stage and tagged Carlos Acosta, CBE, Dame, Honours list, knighthood, New Year's Honours, New Years, OBE, Order of the Companions of Honour

This article has 7 comments

  1. John Graham responded on 1 January 2014 at 12:18am Reply

    Many Congratulations, Carlos!! Very well deserved recognition for your talent and hard work. Long may we be privileged to see your performances. This nation and the world salute you.

  2. Valerie Knight responded on 1 January 2014 at 3:47pm Reply

    Congratulations, Carlos. So pleased you have been awarded the CBE. I second all the comments by John Graham above. Happy New Year!

  3. Nadia Z. Bishai responded on 2 January 2014 at 4:41pm Reply

    Congratulations to all. this has brought back memories of many visits to concerts and ballet performances when a student in the Universithy of London in the sixties. I was also amember of the LSO chorus. I never missed a Margot Fonteyn and Nureyev performance during the four years I was in birkbeckCollege,London, as a Ph.D. of English lit. and of the piano with the late Denis Matthews. Happy times. All best to all those who are now keeping up the music tradition.
    Nadia Bishai

  4. Bill Davies responded on 3 January 2014 at 10:06am Reply

    Just to be nitpicking....the OM awarded to Sir Simon Rattle is not in fact part of the New Year's Honours list, although the three new appointments to the Order were announced - somewhat confusingly! - at around the same time. The Order of Merit is in the personal gift of the monarch of the day, and as such falls into a separate and more exclusive category. Anyhow, congratulations to all concerned!

    • Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News)) responded on 3 January 2014 at 10:23am

      Hi Bill,

      Thanks for the clarification!

      ROH Content Producer

  5. Liz Tebbutt responded on 5 January 2014 at 1:56am Reply

    Many congratulations to all, especially to Carlos Acosta for his contribution to dance, in particular for his amazing new arrangement of Don Quixote, and not forgetting his novel and film: a well deserved accolade Carlos: very well done!

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