Julian Lloyd Webber joins Birmingham Conservatoire

The internationally renowned cellist has been appointed as the new Principal of Birmingham Conservatoire, part of Birmingham City University

Julian takes up his new position as work gets underway on a new home for Birmingham Conservatoire, the first of its kind to be built in the UK for a generation. 

Built on Birmingham City University’s rapidly expanding city centre campus the new Conservatoire is due to open in 2017, and will feature a concert hall and unrivalled practice facilities. 

Julian’s arrival in the city will reinforce Birmingham’s longstanding 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 urgently seeking a solution to its lack of high quality classical performance space.   

Julian  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.”

Widely respected as one of the finest musicians of his generation, Mr Lloyd Webber has become one of the UK’s most successful classical artists. He was the only classical musician chosen to perform at the Closing Ceremony of the London Olympics in 2012 and last year received the Incorporated Society of Musician’s annual Distinguished Musician Award.        

Picture courtesy of Simon Fowler

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