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Published 17 September 2014
The release on 29 September 2014 of a new recording by Julian Lloyd Webber, sponsored by international law firm DAC Beachcroft, will mark the official retirement from public performance of the cello by the world-famous musician.
The recording of Vivaldi's Concertos for Two Cellos took place in April 2013, following a concert by Lloyd Webber at St George's Bristol, which was also sponsored by DAC Beachcroft.
The album is a world premiere recording of new arrangements of the concertos by the world renowned cellist. The concerto in G minor RV 531 was Vivaldi's only concerto for the unusual combination of two cellos.
The recording of the Vivaldi concertos is particularly poignant as, on 28 April 2014, Lloyd Webber announced his retirement from public performance of the cello due to a neck injury that has reduced the strength of his bowing arm. He will continue conducting.
Tony Cherry, Bristol Regional Senior Partner at DAC Beachcroft, said: "We are delighted to have been able to assist in delivering this ambitious project. Julian Lloyd Webber is one of the world's leading musicians and we were enthusiastic to be involved not only in supporting the concert in Bristol but also the recording of this new arrangement of the concertos."
Julian Lloyd Webber added: "I was delighted this project came to fruition, partly thanks to DAC Beachcroft's sponsorship. This is my last full-length recording involving the cello, so obviously it has now become very special to me."
The release follows Lloyd Webber and his wife Jiaxin's highly successful album, "A Tale of Two Cellos", in September 2013.
Julian Lloyd Webber has had a distinguished career as a solo cellist. His many recordings include his Brit Award-winning Elgar concerto, conducted by Yehudi Menuhin (chosen as the finest ever version by BBC Music Magazine), and Walton’s Concerto with Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, which was described by Gramophone magazine as “beyond any rival."
He received the Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum in 1988 and the Classic FM award for outstanding services to music in 2005. He was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Music in 1994 and received a number of honorary doctorates. He has been an Ambassador to the Prince's Trust for more than 20 years and, famously, was chosen to play at the closing ceremony of the UK Olympics in 2012. Julian is the brother of composer Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber.
DAC Beachcroft is a long-standing patron of the arts in Bristol, having sponsored many concerts, performances, events and exhibitions at the Arnolfini, St George's Bristol, the Colston Hall, the Tobacco Factory and Bristol Old Vic over the last 15 years. The firm also provides space at its Bristol office at Portwall Place for local artists to exhibit their work. Most recently, works by Bristol artists Megan Clark-Bagnall and Sonia Villiers were on display.
The firm is developing an 'arts in education' programme to provide Bristol school leavers with opportunities to become involved in the arts. It already funds outreach projects in schools, run by the Bristol Old Vic, a year long student bursary at the Bristol Old Vic, and educational workshops at the Arnolfini.