Another aspect of Andrew Lloyd Webber

Issue date: 01 December 2008

The UWE Singers and Orchestra The UWE Singers and Orchestra, together with professional soloists, are to give a rare performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Requiem in Bristol Cathedral on Saturday 6 December at 19.30.

Lloyd Webber, who is well known for his abundant output of highly acclaimed musical productions and more recently through his role on the television show 'I'd Do Anything', demonstrates another side to his musical skills in the 1985 Requiem.

The Requiem was premièred in New York in 1985, shortly before The Phantom of the Opera started its record-breaking run in both London and New York and was, at the time, subject to some controversy and criticism. However, the piece received a Grammy Award in the category of best classical composition in 1986.
Lord Lloyd Webber celebrates his 60th birthday this year and this performance of one of his few 'classical' compositions is a tribute to a composer who has done so much to inspire people through music and the theatre – something that UWE through its Centre for Performing Arts also aims to achieve.

Ian Holmes (Director of the UWE Centre for Performing Arts) says, “The Requiem reflects the many and varied styles of Andrew Lloyd Webber's music. It has some beautifully lyrical musical lines that one might expect to find in his musicals along with an unusual combination of instruments including: organ, piano, synthesizer, saxophones, a myriad of percussion and alto flutes; they are combined to create genuinely wonderful sounds. It really will be a memorable experience for both performers and audience. The programme also includes a performance of An Outdoor Overture by Copland and Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings.”

Tickets for the show are available via the UWE online ticket store or contact MusicBox on 01275 349010. A limited number of tickets will also be available on the door.


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