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Knight Of Illumination

Simon Corder was honoured as a Knight Of Illumination in 2017. 

Winner of The Robert Juliat Award for Opera for his lighting of The Queen of Spades – “Simon utilised the natural decay of the evening light. His lighting design constantly controlled the audience’s eye, guiding to where the focus was supposed to be. Unlike the natural, comfortable and exciting darkness, he created a claustrophobic, suffocating and intense darkness.” – Alexandra Coghlan

Sunday 17th September marked the tenth anniversary of the prestigious Knight of Illumination (KOI) Awards and the reveal of the 2017 Winners, was held at the Eventim Apollo in London. During the dazzling evening event, many respected designers were ‘knighted’ – and bestowed with the iconic KOI sword. 

Knight of Illumination - Simon Corder
Knight of Illumination – Simon Corder

The Queen of Spades – London

Opera by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, presented by Opera Holland Park in the summer of 2016.

“The nightmarish hallucinatory quality of the music in the final scenes is reflected in lighting designer Simon Corder’s shifting play of light and shadows.” – Clare Colvin, Daily Express, 7 August 2016

“There are some wonderful moments early on, where sudden tricks of light make Herman’s social world look sinister and grotesque, and we become acutely aware of the proximity of reality and nightmare in his mind.” – Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 3 August 2016 Continue reading