Queen honours Sylvia Young, voice coach Rodenburg and VLV’s Hay

The Stage

Stage school founder Sylvia Young, voice coach Patsy Rodenburg and television campaigner Jocelyn Hay have been recognised for their work in the industry by the Queen in her official birthday honours, along with Judi Dench, Jonathan Ross, David Jason and Terry Wogan.

Young, who founded the drama school that bears her name in the early eighties, has trained some of today’s best known performers including Denise Van Outen, Doctor Who star Billie Piper, Spice Girl Emma Bunton and Melanie Blatt from All Saints. Every year the school, which offers a mixture of drama training and regular academic lessons, teams with The Stage to offer a bursary for at least one student.

Patsy Rodenburg, who is voice coach on many of the West End’s most successful productions, established and operates the first ever voice department at the National Theatre. She has worked with actors including Judi Dench, also made a Companion of Honour in the list, Ian McKellen, Ralph Fiennes and Maggie Smith, and with organisations such as the Royal Shakespeare Company, Cheek by Jowl and Shared Experience. Her book The Actor Speaks is required reading for drama students.

Already an MBE, founder of the Voice of the Listener and Viewer Jocelyn Hay has been awarded the CBE for her work in campaigning for standards in broadcasting.

The full list of awards within the industry is as follows:

Companion of Honour: Judi Dench – actress


Clive Gillinson – managing director, London Symphony Orchestra

Donald Gordon – major donor, National Millennium Centre, Cardiff

David Jason – actor

John Tomlinson – opera singer

Terry Wogan (honorary) – presenter


Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner – co-chairmen, Working Title Films

Elizabeth Joyce (Jocelyn) Hay – founder, Voice of the Listener and Viewer

Brian May – rock musician

Chris Wright – chairman, Chrysalis Group


Mona Hammond – actress and co-founder of Talawa

Stephanie Cole – actress

Clement Crisp – dance critic, Financial Times

Rose Fenton and Lucy Neal – founders of London International Festival of Theatre

Guy Fletcher – pop composer

Frank Gardner – BBC reporter

John Mayall – blues pioneer

Michael Medwin – actor and producer

Patsy Rodenburg – head of voice, Guildhall School and National Theatre

Midge Ure – rock musician

John Woodward – chairman, Blue Anchor Leisure light entertainment group

Sylvia Young – drama school principal

Jimmy Page – rock musician

Jonathan Ross – presenter


Deborah Barnard – director, Ludus Dance Company

Ronnie Coburn – veteran variety producer

Sarah Kennedy – presenter

Akram Khan – dancer and founder of own company

Lisa Milne – opera singer

Sally Taylor – presenter of BBC South Today

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