Andrew Lloyd Webber to fund an acting scholarship in Birmingham
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Musical composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is to fund a scholarship at the Royal birmingham Conservatoire for a student completing a three year BA acting course. The scholarship will be awarded in 2018/19 academic year through the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation. The Andrew Llloyd Webber Foundation was established in 1992 and since 2010 it has awardd £19m in grants. The Foundation offers grants across disciplines such as music, dance, theatre, and fine arts to institutions around the UK. Stephen Simms, Royal Birmingham Conservatoir vice principal of acting, 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.” Lloyd Webber recently spent time with students at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire earlier this year before a gala in March to celebrate the recent opening of the 57m facility. The new building is desinged to enhace and support live perfomrance and experimentation with new technologies. The facility is in a prime location to collobarate with media facilities in the city such as TV studios and Europe's largest static green screen. Royal Birmingham Conservatoire provides training for musicians, actors, and stage managers, reportedly attracting interantional performers and teachers alike. Last year, the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire merged with Birmingham School of Acting which now means that students can benefit from both musical and performance training. Cellist and conductor Julian Lloyd Webber, younger brother of Andrew Lloyd Webber, is principal at the Conservatoire.
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