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18 March 2015, 00:00
World renowned former cellist Julian Lloyd Webber has been appointed Principal of Birmingham Conservatoire, part of Birmingham City University.
The news comes almost a year after Lloyd Webber was forced to retire from playing the cello because of a neck injury. Widely respected as one of the finest musicians of his generation, Lloyd Webber last year received the Incorporated Society of Musician’s annual Distinguished Musician Award.
Lloyd Webber will take up his new position as work gets underway on a new home for Birmingham Conservatoire. Built on Birmingham City University’s rapidly expanding city centre campus the new Conservatoire will feature a concert hall and practice facilities.
Lloyd Webber’s arrival will boost Birmingham’s reputation for classical music performance. It is home to the globally recognised City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and boasts three well-regarded concert halls at a time when London is debating whether it is time to build its own world-class performance space.
Lloyd Webber said: “I am honoured and thrilled to be chosen as the new Principal of Birmingham Conservatoire. The state-of-the-art facilities being built within Birmingham City University’s superb campus will be second to none and superior to many, both throughout the UK and beyond. I am especially excited about the fantastic opportunities that will be on offer to our students.”
He replaces the current Principal of the Birmingham Conservatoire, David Saint, who retires in April. Birmingham City University Vice Chancellor Cliff Allan said:
"Julian’s appointment is great news for the Conservatoire as it looks forward to moving to a superb new home, as well as for Birmingham City University and for the whole city – confirming its status in classical music education and performance.
“Julian has had an extraordinary career as a performer and recording artist, working with some of the great names in music. Just as importantly, he has shown a lifetime passion for musical education, making him the perfect appointment for Birmingham City University.”