Norfolk Arts Awards celebrate our cultural champions
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Inspiring champions of Norfolk's rich cultural scene were celebrated at a special awards ceremony at Norwich Cathedral's Hostry.
The 2016 Norfolk Arts Awards, in association with the Eastern Daily Press, took place on Friday night and saw 19 awards presented to some real stars of the county's creative community.
Stash Kirkbride, co-founder of the Norfolk Arts Awards, said the event highlighted the brilliant achievements of dedicated and talented people across the county and showed what an amazing place Norfolk is for the arts.
He said: 'We saw a wonderfully diverse group of people being celebrated, many of who have served the county for decades and who have helped to inspire so many artists in Norfolk, and also some talented young people who are just starting out.
'I'm very proud of everyone who has helped to make the awards such a success.'
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BBC Radio Norfolk's Nick Conrad and Chrissie Jackson hosted the event, and entertainment included a Norwich Fashion Week showcase and performances from Adrian Wright and Annette Jude, Norwich High School For Girls Chamber Choir, Catherine McCardel, Lisa Cassidy, and Malt House String Quartet.
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EDP PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS WINNERS
Cinema City, Sheringham Little Theatre and comedy duo The Nimmo Twins were crowned the winners of the EDP People's Choice Awards after scooping the most votes in our online poll to find our readers favourite cultural stars for 2016.
Cinema City in Norwich won the best large organisation award for its brilliant programme of films and events and its new screen heritage and film education centre, called the John Hurt Centre, which aims to make Cinema City Education's activities more accessible to all.
Jack Thompson, Cinema City's general manager, said: 'We are thrilled and excited because it shows how people really care about the cinema. The staff all work so hard and they are going to be thrilled with the award.'
The best small organisation accolade went to Sheringham Little Theatre which presents a wonderful variety of entertainment and is home to one of the last surviving summer repertory seasons in the country.
Sheringham Little Theatre director Debbie Thompson said: 'It's amazing to win the award and particulary special because it was voted for by the people of Norfolk. It means so much for us and particularly for the volunteers who work so hard.'
The best individual/act prize was given to The Nimmo Twins, comprising performers Owen Evans and Karl Minns along with Nigel Woolston on sound and lights, who are legendary for their sell-out Norfolk-inspired shows.
Karl said: 'It was overwhelming to win because it was the people's award, and people who have seen the show have taken the time to vote for us. We have been rewarded twice, with their laughs and then with this award.'
He added: 'It's really, really lovely to be recognised by Norfolk. It does mean a lot. It's home.'
NORFOLK ARTS AWARDS WINNERS
• The Outstanding Contribution To The Arts Award, supported by EDP Norfolk Magazine:
Peter Wilson, the outgoing chief executive of Norwich Theatre Royal, is leaving in December after 25 years at the helm. One of the biggest milestones under his tenure were the theatre's £10m refurbishment project and the opening of Stage Two.
David Clayton has made a huge contribution to broadcasting in Norfolk. He was editor of BBC Radio Norfolk from 1998 until earlier this year, and one of the longest-serving editors in BBC local radio.
Caroline Jarrold is a great supporter of Norfolk's arts scene, including being the chairman of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival for the last nine years.
• The Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Maddermarket Theatre: Roger Rowe
Roger Rowe has curated the musical programme at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival over many years. He champions classical music throughout the county and has contributed significantly to promoting new artists.
• The Norfolk Icon Award, supported by Mustard TV: Zoe Telford
Norwich-born actress Zoe Telford's impressive career has seen her appear in shows including Teachers, Absolute Power, Criminal Justice, and Sherlock and films including Match Point and Greyhawk.
• The Arts in the Community Award, supported by Norfolk Community Foundation: Danielle Carvell and Vicki Hackett.
Danielle Carvell, from Barclays, and Vicki Hackett, from Savills, set up Norwich networking group Inspir8tion which has been raising funds and awareness for Norwich Theatre Royal's Stage Two project.
• The Theatre Award, sponsored by City College Norwich: Jack Lowe
Jack Lowe's Norwich-based theatre company Curious Directive creates innovative work which explores life through the lens of science, including most recently the show Spindrift.
• The Visual Arts Award, sponsored by Norwich University of the Arts: Théodora Lecrinier and Hannah Turner Wallis.
The Norwich-based duo are founders of Dyad Creative which focuses on visual arts and contemporary performance and gives artists a platform to develop work.
• The Broadcast and Press Award, sponsored by The Norse Group: Fiona Ryder.
Fiona Ryder was founding managing director of Mustard TV – Archant's Norwich TV station – from 2012 to March 2016 and is creative director of digital video agency Tin Can Digital.
• The Fashion and Costume Award, sponsored by Norwich Fashion Week: Carol Lake.
Norwich-based textile designer Carol Lake specialises in botanical designs and has been collaborating with city-based Van Dal on a beautiful shoe collection.
• The John Jarrold New Writing Award, supported by the John Jarrold Trust: Peter Tolhurst
Peter Tolhurst's Norfolk Parish Treasures celebrates the county in three volumes: Mid Norfolk and The Broads; Breckland and South Norfolk; and North and West Norfolk.
• The Classical and Contemporary Music Award, sponsored by Norwich High School for Girls: Matthew Freeman.
Matthew Freeman, from Great Yarmouth, is an award-winning conductor and arranger with a diverse international career, including a long association with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra that began in 2004.
• Dr Frank Bates Dance and Musical Theatre Award: Lorraine Theobald.
Lorraine Theobald, based in Norwich, has run multicultural dance workshops for 26 years and worked in more than 800 schools, encouraging people to explore different cultures and creativity.
• The Hy Kurzner Entreprenuer Award, sponsored by Helen McDermott: Ian Westbrook
Ian Westbrook's Gorleston-based theatre design and set building company, 3D Creations, has over the last three decades worked on projects around the world and with major entertainment industry names.
• The Education and Community Award, sponsored by The TEN Group: Norwich Theatre Royal's Stage Two
Norwich Theatre Royal's newly-opened Stage Two learning and participation centre aims to increase opportunities for everyone to experience the arts.
• The Peter Barrow Bursary Award: Laura Roome
Aspiring actress Laura Roome recently finished studying performing arts at City College Norwich, and received special recognition for her role in her final major performance, Jane Eyre.
The Norfolk Arts Awards – now in their fifth year – are part of the Hostry Festival which runs until October 30.