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A Sparkling Night Out at the 5th Knight of Illumination Awards

UK - Hundreds of lighting professionals donned their finest outfits and put on their dancing shoes for the fifth Knight of Illumination Awards (KOI), held in London on September 10th.

The popular awards, organised by The Society of Television & Lighting Design (STLD), The Association of Lighting Designers (ALD) and Clay Paky, celebrate the work of lighting designers working in the UK.

The Battersea Evolution (indoor) KOI 2012
The Battersea Evolution (indoor)
KOI 2012 - The Grand Ballroom KOI 2012
The Battersea Evolution (outdoor)

The aim: to provide public recognition for outstanding achievements in touring, television and theatre lighting design, and forge closer ties between designers and the industry as a whole.

Hosted by Andy Collins, this year KOI was held at London premier event and exhibition venue, Battersea Evolution. The celebrations attracted a fantastic turn out with over 450 lighting professionals from the worlds of TV, Theatre and Rock. Guests included lighting designers from all disciplines, production companies, trade associations and members of the press.

The awards ceremony kicked off with the TV category and first up was the Drama Award, which went to Roger Simonsz for Antigone 34. The Light Entertainment Award went to Mark Kenyon for Strictly Come Dancing from Wembley; the Small Studio Award, Rob Mansfield for Masterchef and the Live Event Award to Nigel Catmur for The Royal Variety Performance.

KOI 2012 - The Main Hall KOI 2012
The Main Hall
KOI 2012 - The Main Hall KOI 2012
The Main Hall
   
KOI 2012 - The A&O Party KOI 2012
The A&O Party
KOI 2012 - The A&O Party KOI 2012
The A&O Party

In the Rock Awards the Stage Award went to Neil Carson for Chase and Status and the Arena Award to Davy Sherwin for Snow Patrol.

In the Theatre Award category the Dance Award went to David Finn for Sweet Violets for the Royal Ballet; the Opera Award to DM Wood for Suor Angelica at the Royal Opera House; the Drama Award to Howard Harrison for Anna Christie at the Donmar Warehouse and the Musicals Award to Neil Austin for Company, Sheffield Crucible.

The Enrico Caironi Award for Lifetime Achievement Award went to Bryan Leitch and was announced by previous KOI winner (and Leitch protégé), lighting designer Cate Carter who said: “Bryan has been an inspiration to so many lighting designers. He is an incredible talent and his ability to come up with some of the most stunning concepts has never ceased to amaze me! Furthermore he has taken the time to give so many people the opportunity of a career in lighting; taking them under his wing and giving them the support and advice to go out there and do it for themselves.”

Each winner receives the traditional Knight of Illumination trophy, an authentic medieval battle sword handmade in Toledo, Spain.

KOI 2012 - The Sword KOI 2012
The Sword
Michel Pleuser (Osram) Michel Pleuser (Osram) Light Relief donation: Pasquale Quadri (R) and Rick Fisher (L) Light Relief donation:
Pasquale Quadri (R) and Rick Fisher (L)

Following the awards, there was a short ceremony during which Pasquale Quadri, President of Clay Paky, made a donation to lighting charity Light Relief which was formed to help lighting designers in times of extreme hardship, providing practical support or financial help.

The 2012 Knight of Illumination Awards was chaired by Sarah Rushton-Read for the Rock category, Stuart Gain for TV and David Benedict for the Theatre. The event is generously sponsored by Osram and supported by ABTT, ET Now, L&S America, L&SI, PLASA, The Theatres Trust and Women in Stage Entertainment.

They joined a prestigious 2012 sponsorship role call that included: AED Rent, Ambersphere, Artistic Licence, Avolites, CAST Group of Companies, Chauvet, DBN, DWR, ELP, ETC, Gear Source Europe, Green Hippo, Hawthorn, HSL, MA Lighting, PRG, Rosco, Siyan and Wireless Solutions.

With A&O Lighting Technology as exclusive sponsors of the event bar and after dinner get together, The KOI Awards 2012 proved to be an exciting and fun evening.

 

And here are the winners in the various categories:

TELEVISION

 

DRAMA - Roger Simonsz - Antigone 34
LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT - Mark Kenyon - Strictly Come Dancing from Wembley
SMALL STUDIO - Rob Mansfield - Masterchef
EVENTS - Nigel Catmur - The Royal Variety Performance

JOHANNA TOWN accepts for ROGER SIMONSZ (Tv - Drama) JOHANNA TOWN accepts for
ROGER SIMONSZ
(Tv - Drama)
MARK KENYON (Tv - Light Entertainment) MARK KENYON
(Tv - Light Entertainment)
   
ROB MANSFIELD (TV - Small Studio) ROB MANSFIELD
(TV - Small Studio)
NIGEL CATMUR (TV - Live Events) NIGEL CATMUR
(TV - Live Events)

 

ROCK

 

STAGE EVENTS - Neil Carson - Chase and Status
ARENA EVENTS - Davy Sherwin - Snow Patrol

NEIL CARSON (ROCK - Stage Events) NEIL CARSON
(ROCK - Stage Events)
DAVY SHERWIN<br />(ROCK - Arena Events) DAVY SHERWIN
(ROCK - Arena Events)

 

THEATRE

 

DANCE - David Finn - Sweet Violets, Royal Ballet
DRAMA - Howard Harrison - Anna Christie, Donmar Warehouse
MUSICALS - Neil Austin - Company, Sheffield Crucible
OPERA - DM Wood - Suor Angelica, Royal Opera House

SIMON BENNISON accepts for DAVID FINN (THEATRE - Dance) SIMON BENNISON accepts for
DAVID FINN
(THEATRE - Dance)
HOWARD HARRISON (THEATRE - Drama) HOWARD HARRISON
(THEATRE - Drama)
   
GARY LONGFIELD accepts for NEIL AUSTIN (THEATRE - Musicals) GARY LONGFIELD accepts for
NEIL AUSTIN
(THEATRE - Musicals)
PAUL PERCOX accepts for DM WOOD (THEATRE - Opera) PAUL PERCOX accepts for
DM WOOD
(THEATRE - Opera)

 

ENRICO CAIRONI AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

 

The winner for Enrico Caironi Award For Lifetime Achievement is Bryan Leitch

BRYAN LEITCH (Lifetime) BRYAN LEITCH
(Lifetime)
BRYAN LEITCH (Lifetime) BRYAN LEITCH
(Lifetime)

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