COMPANIONS and GUEST SESSIONS

​No school can be better than the teachers. Our teaching staff, as you can read elsewhere on our site, are qualified by, primarily, their life experiences. We require teaching expertise and, generally, a degree or an equivalent. 

In addition to our own staff, we have hosted an extensive list of sessions, delivered by experts, since we started. Although we are in the North West, luminaries have taken the time to share their experiences with us so enabling us all to learn from what they have done … and what's been done to them.
LEAD PATRON PAUL MCCARTNEY, PICTURED WITH JARVIS COCKER
DARCUS BEESE
MATTHEW BOURNE
DANNY BOYLE
BEN ELTON
DAWN FRENCH
STEHEN FRY
THE LATE ROBIN GIBB
​WOODY HARRELSON
THE LATE SIR JOHN HURT
CAMERON MACKINTOSH
THE LATE SIR GEORGE MARTIN
SIR ​​IAN MCKELLEN
BILL NIGHY
C​RISTOPHER ORAM
SHARON & OZZY OSBOURNE
ARLENE PHILLIPS
N​ILE RODGERS
MARK RONSON
THE LATE AMY WINEHOUSE

COMPANIONS/GUESTS

PIPPA AILION
DAMON ALBARN
BRIONY ALBERT
LEA ANDERSON
JOAN ARMATRADING
DAVID BABINI
THE BANGLES
JASON BARNES
STEPHEN BAYLEY
NATASHA BEDDINGFIELD
DARCUS BEESE
DAVID BELL
THE LATE LYNDA BELLINGHAM
NATRICIA BERNARD
DON BLACK
GEMMA BODINETZ
MATTHEW BOURNE
DANNY BOYLE
PAUL BURGER
JON BURTON
MELANIE C
JOHN CAIRD
ALI CAMPBELL
THE LATE KEN CAMPBELL
GUY CHAMBERS
JO COLLINS
PAULE CONSTABLE
CATHY DENNIS
BARBARA DICKSON
CHRIS DIFFORD
ANITA DOBSON
JON DRISCOLL
CAROLINE ELLERAY
BEN ELTON
ANTHONY EVERITT
TIM FIRTH
JOHN FOX
DAWN FRENCH
STEPHEN FRY
BENNY GALLAGHER
THE LATE ROBIN GIBB
KEVIN GODLEY
NICKOLAS GRACE
WOODY HARRELSON
ANN HARRISON
MICHAEL HARRISON
ANDY HAYLES
FRAN HEALY
DARREN HENLEY
KAY HILTON
NODDY HOLDER
THELMA HOLT
THE LATE SIR JOHN HURT
ADRIAN JACKSON
CHRIS JOHNSON
KEITH JOHNSTONE
HEATHER KNIGHT
RALPH KOLTAI
EDDIE KRAMER
ALAN LANE
DEAN LEE
JOHN LEONARD
MARTIN LEVAN
STEVE LEVINE
OWEN LEWIS
GARY LLOYD
CAMERON MACKINTOSH
CHRISTOPHER MANOE
TERRY MARSHALL
THE LATE SIR GEORGE MARTIN
GILES MARTIN
ANDY MCCLUSKEY
THE LATE ALEC MCCOWEN
JOE MCGANN
ALAN MCGEE
SIR IAN MCKELLEN
THE LATE MALCOLM MCLAREN
STEPHEN MEAR
ALAN MOULDER
CONOR MURPHY
STEVE NESTAR
BILL NIGHY
BILLY OCEAN
CHRISTOPHER ORAM
OZZY OSBOURNE
SHARON OSBOURNE
HUGH PADGHAM
DAVE PAMMENTER
ARLENE PHILLIPS
TONY PLATT
TIM PRENTKI
JONATHAN PRYCE
DAVID PUGH
PHIL REDMOND
COLIN RICHMOND
THE LATE ALAN RICKMAN
TOM ROBINSON
SIR KEN ROBINSON
SCOTT RODGER
NILE RODGERS
MARK RONSON
FELICE ROSS
WILLY RUSSELL
MARK RYLANCE
NITIN SAWHNEY
GRETA SCACCHI
PRUNELLA SCALES
THE LATE ZENON SCHOEPE
PAM SCHWEITZER
DR JORG SENNHEISER
CHRISTOPHER SHUTT
LAVELLE SMITH JR
TERENCE STAMP
DAVID STARK
NICK STARR
SEYMOUR STEIN
JANET SUZMAN
JAMES THOMPSON
MIDGE URE
HANNAH WADDINGHAM
MARY WARD
DIONNE WARWICK
SHARON WATSON
JON WEBSTER
SAMUEL WEST
TIM WHEELER
TOYAH WILLCOX
THE LATE ANTHONY H WILSON
RICHARD WILSON
THE LATE AMY WINEHOUSE
PATRICK WOODROFFE
WILL YOUNG
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