The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra was delighted to host Andrew Lloyd Webber on Friday 1 November for the world premieres of three new symphonic suites at Symphony Hall, Birmingham. Arranged and conducted by Andrew Cottee, the CBSO presented special arrangements of suites from three of Lloyd Webber’s greatest shows – Evita, Sunset Boulevard and Phantom of the Opera.
Andrew was joined at the concert by his brother Julian Lloyd Webber, Principal of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire; Ella Stokes, Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Scholar and Ethan Lowry, Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Technician. The CBSO is proud to work in partnership with the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, offering a programme of high quality professional learning experiences for the orchestral musicians of the future.
Andrew Lloyd Webber commented "I have hoped for a long while that there would be Symphonic Suites based on Phantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard and Evita. I am thrilled that Andrew Cottee has orchestrated these pieces of my music and I am honoured that the CBSO presented them so wonderfully on Friday evening."
‘It was great for the students who have benefitted from Andrew’s Foundation to finally meet him in person. Andrew was very pleased to have the chance to talk to them and has asked both Ella and Ethan to let him know their progress’. - Julian Lloyd Webber, Principal Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation
Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation was set up by Andrew in 1992 to promote the arts, culture and heritage for the public benefit; since inception Andrew has been the principal provider of funding for all its charitable activities.
The Foundation believes
- engagement in the arts and heritage enriches lives, unlocks creative potential, improves skills, changes behaviour, increases confidence, achieves success and should be available to all
- in order to maintain vibrancy in the arts, it is critical that the next generation of diverse artists is nurtured and encouraged
In 2011, the Foundation embarked on an active grant giving programme and has now awarded grants of over £20 million to support high quality training and personal development as well as other projects that make a real difference to enrich the quality of life both for individuals and within local communities. Significant grants include £3.5m to Arts Educational Schools, London to create a state of the art professional theatre, £2.4m to the Music in Secondary Schools Trust (MiSST), £1m to The Architectural Heritage Fund, $1.3m to the American Theatre Wing and over £350,000 annually to fund 30 performing arts scholarships for talented students in financial need. The Foundation is also a founding supporter of the Get into Theatre careers website www.getintotheatre.org