World renowned musician Julian Lloyd Webber has started work as the new Principal of Birmingham Conservatoire, part of Birmingham City University, focused on ensuring all students graduate with the skills they need to make careers in a rapidly changing 21st century music industry.
Newly appointed as Professor Lloyd Webber, he takes up his position as work gets underway on a new £46m home for Birmingham Conservatoire, the first of its kind to be built in the UK for over a generation.
Professor Lloyd Webber said: “The opportunities that lie ahead for Birmingham Conservatoire are limitless. We will have an exceptional new home for making music as well as access to the University’s facilities and multi-genre expertise, ensuring our students leave with all the skills they need for today’s music industry.”
The new £46m home for the Conservatoire will open in 2017, providing music students with new practice and performance facilities. As part of Birmingham City University’s campus, Conservatoire students will also have access to a range of media and production facilities, including one of the largest green screen studios in the UK.
Professor Lloyd Webber replaces David Saint, who is retiring after 37 years at Birmingham Conservatoire.