In conversation with...Andrew Lloyd Webber

In conversation with...Andrew Lloyd Webber

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Thursday 23 July
Watts Gallery - Artists' Village,

A glass of wine or soft drink included.

Event opens 6.30pm for drinks, the talk will start at 7.00pm

Lord Lloyd Webber is joined by Art Historian, Curator, Trustee and Chairman of the Collections Committee at Watts Gallery - Artists' Village, MaryAnne Stevens, in conversation on their love of Victorian art.

Lord Lloyd Webber is the composer of some of the world's best known musicals including Cats, Evita, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Phantom of the Opera and Sunset Boulevard. He is currently working on a stage version of the movie “School of Rock" which will begin previews at Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre in November this year.

As theatre producer he has presented not only his own shows but others including the Olivier award-winning “La Bete" and “Daisy Pulls It Off".

As composer he has received many awards including seven Tonys, seven Oliviers, a Golden Globe, an Oscar, two International Emmys, the Praemium Imperiale, the Richard Rodgers Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre, a BASCA Fellowship, the Kennedy Center Honor and a Grammy for Best Contemporary Classical Composition for Requiem, his setting of the Latin Requiem mass which contains one of his best known compositions, Pie Jesu.

He owns six London theatres including the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and the London Palladium.

Lord Lloyd Webber started collecting art in the 1960s and has built one of the pre-eminent collections of Pre-Raphaelite and Victorian art in private hands embracing paintings, works on paper, tapestries, carpets, furniture, books and ceramics. The collection was exhibited to great acclaim at the Royal Academy of Arts in 2003 and continues to evolve with recent acquisitions including Burne Jones' Love Among the Ruins and Depths of the Sea as well as Rossetti's Proserpine and E R Hughes' Midsummer's Eve. The latter is to be included in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery's E R Hughes retrospective in autumn 2015.

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has become one of Britain's leading charities supporting the arts, culture and heritage. For more information, visit: