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Andrew Lloyd Webber to fund acting scholarship at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Andrew Lloyd Webber Andrew Lloyd Webber. Photo: John Swannell
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Andrew Lloyd Webber is to fund a new scholarship at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire for an acting student.

Funded through the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, the scholarship will be awarded in the 2018/19 academic year to one student taking the three-year BA acting course.

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire vice principal of acting Stephen Simms said: “We would like to thank the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation for this incredibly generous scholarship, which will help us to continue attracting the most gifted actor-singers, irrespective of their financial circumstances.”

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has awarded £19m in grants since 2010.

Institutions such as the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, LAMDA and the Urdang Academy have already benefited from scholarships from the foundation, which supports students on acting, musical theatre and technical theatre courses.

This latest scholarship comes after Lloyd Webber spent time with Royal Birmingham Conservatoire students earlier this year, ahead of a gala in March to celebrate the opening of a £57m facility.

Lloyd Webber’s younger brother, the cellist and conductor Julian Lloyd Webber, is principal at the conservatoire.