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Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber is one of the world's most successful composers and producers of all time.
The British songwriter and theatre impresario has had many hit musicals over the years on both the West End and Broadway, with many of his songs becoming standards around the world.
These include 'Memory' from Cats, 'The Music of the Night' from The Phantom of the Opera, 'Don't Cry for Me Argentina' from Evita, and 'Any Dream Will Do' from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Webber has won a number of awards, including a knighthood in 1992, and a peerage for services to the arts, as well as six Tonys, three Grammys, an Academy Award, 14 Ivor Novello Awards, seven Olivier Awards, a Golden Globe, a Brit Award, the 2006 Kennedy Center Honors, and an Emmy Award. So, pretty much everything.
Andrew Lloyd Webber was born in Kensington, London, on March 22, 1948. He celebrated his 75th birthday in 2023.
He was the oldest son of William Lloyd Webber (1914–1982), a composer and organist, and Jean Hermione Johnstone (1921–1993), a violinist and pianist. His younger brother, Julian Lloyd Webber, is also a world-renowned solo cellist.
Lloyd Webber started writing his own music while still a child: a suite of six pieces at the age of nine.
He started putting on 'productions' with Julian and his Aunt Viola in his toy theatre, and Viola took him to see many of her shows.
His father enrolled him as a part-time student at the Eric Gilder School of Music in 1963.
In 1965, he was a Queen's Scholar at Westminster School, and studied history for a term at Magdalen College, Oxford, but he quit the course in 1965 to study at the Royal College of Music.
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Alongside the likes of Tim Rice and Don Black, Andrew Lloyd Webber has composed the music for the following productions:
Andrew Lloyd Webber has been married three times.
He first married Sarah Hugill in 1971, and they divorced in 1983. Together, they had two children:
Nicholas tragically died aged 43 in 2023, after battling gastric cancer.
He then married classical singer Sarah Brightman in 1984. He worked with Brightman in The Phantom of the Opera, among other roles. They divorced in 1990.
His third and current wife is Madeleine Gurdon, whom he married in 1991.
They have three children:
In 2019, The Sunday Times Rich List saw Lloyd Wbber ranked as the richest musician in the UK (overtaking Paul McCartney) with a net worth of £820 million.