McCartney back to old school to honour Woody
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.