Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA)
Based on the site of the Liverpool Institute for Boys, the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts opened its doors to its first intake of students in 1996. Its conception dates back to 1991, when Mark Featherstone-Witty – who helped set up The Brit School – started formulating plans for his next project, a university level performing arts institution.
Meanwhile, during preparations for his Liverpool Oratorio in 1992, Paul McCartney visited his old school, The Liverpool Institute for Boys. Seeing the building’s state of disrepair – the school had closed in 1985 – Paul vows to save it. A mutual friend, George Martin, introduces Mark to Paul. Together they start to draw up plans for the creation of The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, based in Paul’s old school.
Mount St, Liverpool