Julian Lloyd Webber is reborn as head of conservatoire

Julian Lloyd Webber is reborn as head of conservatoire


norman lebrecht

March 18, 2015

The international cellist, forced to retire from the concert stage last April with a neck injury, has found a new life as principal of the Birmingham Conservatoire.

It’s a high-profile appointment at an important time. Birmingham City University is building the conservatoire a new concert hall and expanded practice facilities. Julian, 63, will make sure it gets its fair share of public attention.

He 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.’

Julian Lloyd Webber replaces the outgoing principal, David Saint, who retires in April.


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  • Musin04 says:

    A great move. Profile, passion and intelligence. Good luck, Julian.

  • Paul Bambrough says:

    Correction: BCU is building a completely new Conservatoire which includes 5 new performance spaces (Concert Hall, Recital Hall, Experimental Performance Space, Jazz Venue, Organ Hall). All complemented by new teaching, practise and studio facilities.

  • Halldor says:

    That institution badly needs a leader with a strong voice and a high profile; it’s been drifting for a long time. This has the potential to be very good news for Birmingham Conservatoire. Here’s hoping he’s very hands-on!

  • Former Employee says:

    David Saint will be sorely missed!
    A top leader and first class musician – Birmingham Conservatoire owe him a great deal……
    On behalf of all former staff and students, David – thank you!
    (The Cathedral are still fortunate in having his professionalism as he is not retiring…. only moving on from leading the conservatoire…..)