McCart­ney back to old school to hon­our Woody

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the arts and en­ter­tain­ment world to re­ceive the hon­orary awards at the an­nual de­gree cer­e­mony.

In a ca­reer span­ning four decades, Har­rel­son has been nom­i­nated for two Os­cars and won an Emmy for his TV work. Around 220 stu­dents from 16 coun­tries - in­clud­ing Nor­way, Brazil, South Korea, In­dia, Ger­many, Ukraine and the US - grad­u­ated.

Har­rel­son’s award, a com­pan­ion­ship, is for out­stand­ing achieve­ment and prac­ti­cal con­tri­bu­tion to stu­dents’ learn­ing.

Oth­ers re­ceiv­ing hon­orary awards were Ivor Novello win­ner Chris Dif­ford, who co-founded the band Squeeze; Tony and Olivier Award-win­ning di­rec­tor John Caird, and lead­ing sound en­gi­neer Jon Bur­ton.

Mark Feather­stoneWitty, Lipa chief ex­ec­u­tive, said: “I worry how long we can cel­e­brate achieve­ment in the cre­ative and per­form­ing arts while the gov­ern­ment is nar­row­ing our sec­ondary school cur­ricu­lum, so young­sters can’t ex­pe­ri­ence the ful­fil­ment they can bring.

“All that’s left is TV shows that are all about per­form­ers and not about the le­gions of peo­ple mak­ing per­for­mance pos­si­ble.”

Lipa is lo­cated in Sir Paul’s old school, the Liver­pool In­sti­tute for Boys, which un­der­went a mul­ti­mil­lion-pound ren­o­va­tion to turn it into a state-of-theart per­form­ing arts higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tion.

It was founded by Sir Paul and Mr Feather­stoneWitty and opened in 1995, to teach peo­ple who want to pur­sue a last­ing ca­reer in arts and en­ter­tain­ment.

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