Leading choreographers Gillian Lynne and Liv Lorent, and music alumnus David Kemp, featured in the 2014 New Year's Honours list.
Trinity Laban Honorary Fellow, Gillian Lynne was made a Dame for services to dance and musical theatre. Gillian is a British ballerina, dancer, actor, theatre director, television director and choreographer noted for her popular theatre choreography associated with the musical Cats and the current longest running show in Broadway history, The Phantom of the Opera. Gillian was made an Honorary Fellow in 1996.
Liv Lorent, choreographer and Trinity Laban dance alumnus, was awarded an MBE for services to dance.
Liv graduated from Trinity Laban (formerly the Laban Centre) in 1993. The Scotsman described Liv as"…born to choreograph. Every move she creates, every piece of music she selects, is handed to the audience like a precious gift." Liv established balletLORENT in 1993 and represented the UK in the Deuxiéme Rencontres Choréographiques Internationale. She became an Associate Artist at the Place Theatre in London, before relocating to Newcastle upon Tyne in 1996, becoming resident choreographer at Dance City. Liv has received many awards for her works including the Jerwood Choreography Award 2001, the Arts Foundation Choreography Award 2005 and Artist of The Year at the 2008 Journal Culture Awards.
Music alumnus David Kemp graduated from Trinity Laban in 1979, and was awarded an MBE for services to education. He is currently Music Teacher and Assistant Head Teacher at Queen Elizabeth Humanities College, Herefordshire.
David told the Bury Times: "Receiving the nomination was a great honour. I knew in the middle of November, but it came completely out of the blue - I thought it was a letter from the taxman.
Gillian Lynne-credit Greg-Heisler/The Stage