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Ballet recognized in New Year Honours list 2018

Darcey Bussell and David Pickering are among those from the world of dance honoured in the New Year Honours list 2018.

By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

29 December 2017 at 11.21pm | 10 Comments

Notable figures from the world of dance and the arts have been recognized in the 2018 New Year Honours list.

Former Principal Dancer of The Royal Ballet Darcey Bussell is awarded a damehood (DBE) for Services to Dance. Bussell joined The Royal Ballet in 1988 and was promoted to Principal in 1989. She danced with the Company for almost 20 years, and is now regularly seen presenting our live cinema relays.

Promoter Lilian Hochhauser – one of the impresarios behind the regular summer residencies at Covent Garden by Russian ballet companies including the Bolshoi and Mariinsky – becomes a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in recognition of her Services to the Arts and Cultural Relations.

Education Administrator of The Royal Ballet David Pickering is awarded an MBE for Services to the Arts and Education. Pickering joined The Royal Ballet in 1990 and danced with the Company until he retired from dancing in 2014. He became Education Administrator in 2008 and now works with the Royal Opera House's Learning and Participation team and regularly takes part in education workshops and outreach programmes.

Nicki Spencer is awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to the arts in London following a career of 44 years at the Royal Opera House, working 22 of those years as House Manager.

Among the 1,123 people honoured this year, other well-known figures include author Michael Morpurgo and musician Ringo Starr who both receive a knighthood. Broadcaster Melvyn Bragg joins the Order of the Companion of Honour for Services to Broadcasting and the Arts.

The full list of Award recipients can be found on the Government website.

By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

29 December 2017 at 11.21pm

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This article has 10 comments

  1. Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media)) responded on 30 December 2017 at 1:05pm Reply

    Thank you, this has been amended.

  2. Steve Hughes responded on 30 December 2017 at 1:49pm Reply

    Congratulations to Darcey Bussell on her well deserved damehood.

  3. Lynne Otto responded on 30 December 2017 at 2:38pm Reply

    And congrats to Nicki Spencer too!

  4. Ruth Russell responded on 30 December 2017 at 11:22pm Reply

    Congratulations on a very deserved Dame

    to Darcey

    A member of the RAD

  5. Andrew Blair responded on 31 December 2017 at 3:46pm Reply

    Wonderful news to hear of the awards bestowed by Her Majesty on David Pickering, Nicki Spencer and, of course, Dame Darcey Bussell.

  6. Morton Paley responded on 1 January 2018 at 6:55am Reply

    Congrats to Darcy Bussell for a well-deserved honor!

  7. Vitoria S. responded on 2 January 2018 at 1:12am Reply

    Dame Darcey Bussell! Sounds amazing. What a joy to see her getting recognized alongside legendary figures such as Ringo Starr and Barry Gibb. Congratulations to all!

  8. Amanda Selby responded on 3 January 2018 at 9:44am Reply

    Delighted for Nicki Spencer - she was always was a smiling welcoming presence Front of House )))

  9. Pam Scragg responded on 3 January 2018 at 6:38pm Reply

    What a plesure to see Dame Darcy Bussell take her rightful place in RB history along side the legendary Dame Margo Fonteyn. Two of Britain’s greatest Ballerians, Well done and well earned Dame Darcy! I have been lucky enough to see both great Ballerins dance, & l am delighted her.

  10. Celia Taylor responded on 5 January 2018 at 11:34pm Reply

    Congrats to Nicki - what wonderful news about her BEM honour!

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