Andrew Lloyd Webber to be honoured at Classic Brit Awards
Andrew Lloyd Webber is to receive a special Classic Brit award for his services to musical theatre and arts education.
Lloyd Webber will be presented with the special recognition award for musical theatre and education during a ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London on June 13.
The Classic Brit Awards, which celebrate achievement in classical music and other related musical genres, are returning after a five-year hiatus.
Lloyd Webber, who recently celebrated his 70th birthday, will present a celebration of his music at the ceremony.
The award celebrates Lloyd Webber’s “tireless work” in supporting music education and speaking out against funding cuts to music education.
“Now that I am 70 I look back and think how lucky I have been. You are very lucky if you know what you want to do in life. I am doubly lucky that I not only have made a living out of my passion but a hugely rewarding one. I hope through my foundation that I am able to give something back to the profession that has been so good to me,” Lloyd Webber said.
He added: “I am a passionate believer in the importance of the arts in schools, particularly music, which transcends all languages, shades of politics, race and creeds. In our increasingly dangerous and fractured world, the arts have never been as vital as they are today and they should be free.”
Classic Brit Awards co-chair Rebecca Allen said: “The work Andrew Lloyd Webber and his team do to support music in schools is significant and we as an industry must acknowledge and applaud this, for without support like this in schools, our industry will falter.”
Since 2010, the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has awarded more than £19 million to support emerging artists and the provision of music education and performing arts training across the UK.
The Classic Brit Awards are being broadcast on ITV on June 17.