Andrew Lloyd Webber gives change to London and Glasgow

Andrew Lloyd Webber gives change to London and Glasgow


norman lebrecht

July 20, 2016

The billionaire musicals mogul has pledged £15,000 to the Mayor’s Music Fund in London to help young musicians from deprived backgrounds.

He has also given £10,000 to Scottish Opera for the training of two repetiteurs.


Worthy causes.

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  • someone says:

    The one who has earned the money by composing crossover, gives it back to the classical music world?

    I think it’s because he knows what is and should be basic before any kind of music.
    It’s like a billionaire who earned money by selling a computer programme donates his fortune for basic science research.
    We all should learn the basic things before the applied.

    He’s already done amazing work for Britain, hasn’t he?
    How many people has he drawn into England and made them see his musicals?
    Even I saw 2 of his works.
    He did a great job for the economy of Britain, not only for the musical world, I think.

    I envy British people that they have this kind of donators and benefactors like him.
    One of the best things in Britain I think is charities.
    They really work.

  • Standingstones says:

    So Lloyd Webber gave around $33,000 US dollars to young musicians. The last time I read LW was a billionaire. That amount is tipping money to him. I wouldn’t pat him on the back too much.

    • someone says:

      But still, he’s giving away his money.
      Who knows if it is just the beginning?

      Actually, when people give away their money, many of them get to worry about it becoming kind of wastes.
      If I were a billionaire, I’d worry about it.

      If it really works, he’ll give away more, hopefully.
      Let’s cheer him up until then.

      • Standingstones says:

        You said it yourself, you aren’t a billionaire. He gets to write it off his taxes

        • someone says:

          One doesn’t need to be billionaire to understand it.
          I’ve heard about it many times and I understand why, because I know about that world quite a bit.

          Plus, I did donate money and things, though I wasn’t and am not a billionaire, not even close, but I also got to think about it because I knew about the inside of that world quite a bit.

          If he gets to write it off his taxes, every donator can do, so it seems not very fair to blame him only.
          You should know how many people and organisations are trying to get it and they know what kind of advantage the donators will get, even better than you.
          Just see how the world’s famous orchestras are run.
          It would be almost impossible without donations.

          My main interest is that if the donation works or not.
          If it works, then it’ll be good for everyone.
          So I don’t find any reason to be too negative about it yet.

    • Mikicellist75 says:

      After giving £1.4 million to music in schools! Find out before judging…


  • V.Lind says:

    It may be chump change to him but I would suggest a little appreciation. 1) He has given it, and more — as reported here recently, he made another donation to some classical music cause. The numbers may be small as he tests the waters, or he may have other causes to which he is also committed. 2) If the recipients and/or their supporters are churlish about accepting his money, and talking only about tax receipts, they may be cut off. 3) Worth remembering how much he will have to LEAVE. Phantom of the Opera may live forever, but ALW can’t…:)

    • Nick says:

      Agreed. No matter how small the amount, it is still extremely worthwhile to the recipients. And how refreshing to see funds being donated for the training of those often unsung heroes in opera companies – repetiteurs. This is particularly true in a week that has seen soprano Catherine Wilson’s funeral. In memory of her late husband Leonard Hancock, she set up a small fund specially to assist n the training of young repetiteurs.

      • someone says:

        What interests me the most is that who or what gets the money.
        It seems he’s carefully choosing the beneficiaries.

        Especially, the classical music world can’t be run without the help of the government and donators.
        It definitely needs them.

        Many people who don’t listen to classical music misunderstand and complain that they don’t understand why they have to pay their taxes to help the hobby of the old and the rich.

        Classical music is not the hobby of the old or the rich, but it’s like fine art which is basic to many kinds of applied music, such as pop and crossover.
        That’s why the crossover artist started giving away his money to the classical music world.

        Well, there are donators with impure purposes.
        Sometimes, it was just for showing off or self-satisfaction or even worse than that.
        In those cases, the beneficiaries often got really tired, they actually hated it.
        It was truly such a waste.
        Hopefully, he’s not one of that kind.

        If he’s testing the waters at the moment, who know if the reaction of the public can inspire him to do more things?
        So I’d love to cheer him up.
        I’m not a great fan of his work, but I hope I will remember him as a great benefactor who really made it work.

  • Alan says:

    He also has a charitable trust which has given out many millions in grants over the last 20-odd years. From their 2014 accounts:

    “The principle source of funding has been in the form of donations received from Lord Lloyd Webber, who since inception in 1992 has donated a net total of £28,067,229 to the Foundation.”