Seventh Knight of Illumination Awards Winners Announced at Glittering Ceremony

The seventh Knight of Illumination Awards (KOI) was held on Sunday 5th October at london's glamorous art deco Troxy

The seventh Knight of Illumination Awards (KOI) was held on Sunday 5th October and once more it was a sparkling success. This year London's glamorous art deco Troxy saw representatives from the professional entertainment lighting and video industry come together to celebrate the creative achievements of lighting and video professionals working on shows across the UK.

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The ever-popular awards, organised by The Society of Television & Lighting Design (STLD), The Association of Lighting Designers (ALD), Clay Paky and Ambersphere Solutions, was established to offer public recognition for outstanding achievements in touring, television and theatre lighting and video design.

Hosted by prolific and popular lighting designer for the theatre, opera and ballet, Mark Jonathan, the winners for each category were announced as follows: 

Theatre:
Dance: - Paul Keogan, No Man's Land, English National Ballet, The Barbican
Opera: - Joachim Klein, Bluebeard's Castle, Opera Frankfurt, Edinburgh Festival Theatre
Play: - Andy Purves, The Believers, The Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth and touring
Musicals: - Adam Silverman, Urinetown, St. James Theatre
Projection Design: - Ethan Wang, Rice, Cloud Gate Theatre Dance Theatre of Taiwan, Sadler's Wells.

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Television:
Drama: - David Higgs, The Escape Artist
Light Entertainment: - Chris Rigby, Alan Carr Chatty Man
Small Studio: - Hugh French, Channel 4 News
Events: - Ben Cracknell, The Olivier Awards
Video Graphic Display: - Luke Halls, Don Giovanni

Concert Touring and Events:
Concert Touring Stage: - Will Potts, Disclosure
Concert Touring Arena: - Andy Hurst, The Prodigy
Live Events: - Matt Button, Castrol
Video Graphic Display: - Paul 'Pablo' Beckett, Blue Leach and Cate Carter, Elbow

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As is tradition, in addition to the TV, Theatre and Concert Touring and Events Awards the Enrico Caironi Award For Lifetime Recognition was presented to an individual whom the KOI committee feels has made an outstanding impact on the industry. This year, the coveted award was presented to Brian Croft who is perhaps best known for his work in Rock and Roll, notably with ESP Lighting, RFA Electrosound, Theatre Projects, Samuelson's, Eagle Trust and Vari-Lite productions but who is also a dedicated supporter of the National Youth Theatre since he began his career as a stage manager on its inaugural production in 1956.

Previous winners of this award include lighting designer Richard Pilbrow in 2011, Bryan Leitch in 2012 and Ian Dow in 2013. The category is named in recognition of former Clay Paky commercial director Enrico Caironi (1947 - 2011), whose inspiration and enthusiasm created and subsequently shaped the Knight Of Illumination Awards.

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In addition, the wider industry's support for Knight Of Illumination continues to flourish and KOI is delighted to welcome table sponsors from every sector including: AC Entertainment, Avolites, Chauvet Professional, Creative Technology, d3, ETC, Fix8, Gallowglass, Gearsource, Green Hippo, HSL, Martin Professional, Philips Entertainment, Pharos, PLASA, PRG, Rosco, Stage Electrics, TMB, TSL and Wireless Solutions.

Lighting Designer Durham Marenghi who co-ordinates the Awards along with his wife Jennie had this to say of the evening: "What a fantastic celebration of lighting design  and video and projection design and this year supported by so many companies in the lighting and projection world. Although saddened by the passing of Clay Paky's founder Pasquale Quadri the event that he so passionately supported is now recognised as the most prestigious and wide ranging lighting design Awards in the UK and the evening was thoroughly enjoyed by all those who attended"

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The Knight Of Illuminations is proudly supported by: The Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT); ET Now; Lighting and Sound America; Lighting and Sound International; PLASA; The Theatres Trust and Total Production International.

About KOI:
The Knight of Illumination Awards, organised by Clay Paky, STLD, ALD and Ambersphere Solutions, provides public recognition for outstanding achievements in Lighting Design by Lighting Designers working on productions in the UK.The Awards for "The Knight of the Illumination" are nominated and judged by a panel of professional reviewers working in the specific categories, selected and coordinated entirely by STLD and ALD, and the ceremony takes place annually in the autumn in London.

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