Andrew Lloyd Webber

Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Baron Lloyd - Webber ( born March 22, 1948 in London ) is a British composer. He is known mainly for its numerous musicals.

Background and education

Andrew Lloyd Webber, the composer's son William Southcombe Lloyd Webber (1914-1982) and the pianist Jean Hermione (1921-1993), started at the age of six years with composing and already published nine years, his first suite. After abandoning the study of history at Magdalen College, University of Oxford, he moved to the Royal College of Music in London.


Webber learned early the lyricist Tim Rice know and it developed an intense collaboration with the consequence that Rice wrote the lyrics to various works Webber. Their first collaboration was the musical The Likes of Us 1965. Was followed by numerous works, mainly musicals, pop songs, as well as film music for two feature films and a requiem. He is the most successful musical contemporary composer, his works ran partially decades of well-known places such as London's West End or Broadway. Many of his songs were also outside of the musical world hits such as Do not Cry for Me Argentina from the play Evita or Memory from the musical Cats. His first No.. 1 hit in the UK was Any dream will do from Joseph.

Several of his musicals have also been filmed. The best-known film adaptations are the movies, Jesus Christ Superstar (1973 ), Evita (1996) and The Phantom of the Opera ( 2004). Lloyd Webber composed beyond many individual songs for various purposes, for example, It's Easy For You, which appeared on the last Elvis Presley album before his death, and Amigos Para Siempre (Friends For Life ), the official anthem of the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, ​​sung by Sarah Brightman and José Carreras.

Lloyd Webber wrote and produced the title It's My Time as a contribution of the United Kingdom for the Euro Vision Song Contest 2009 in the multi-week TV show Euro Vision -. YourCountry Needs You identified the BBC then in early 2009 the singer Jade Ewen as the winner, the contribution to ultimately recited in the final in Moscow. In the final of the Eurovision Song Contest, the contribution finished fifth.

In 2012 he composed along with Gary Barlow the official song "Sing" for Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, which was performed at the Diamond Jubilee Concert.

Founder activity

In 1994, Webber the Open Churches Trust, which provides with great success that in the UK churches that would otherwise be closed, may be open to those who need it, to enable a haven for peace, comfort, and prayer, and those who who want to visit the church to give access. In 1977 he founded the internationally successful company Really Useful Group, which, among other things holds all the rights to his works. According to the Sunday Times decreed Andrew Lloyd Webber 2007 on a fortune of £ 750 million (900 million euros ).


Webber received a number of high awards for his works. These include, inter alia, Oscar and three Grammy Awards. He was defeated in 1992 by Queen Elizabeth II as a Knight Bachelor knighted and taken into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1995. In the same year he was awarded the Praemium Imperiale. In 1997, he was raised as Baron Lloyd - Webber, of Sydmonton in the County of Hampshire, for Life Peer, ie belongs to the House of Lords on. There he is Lord of the Conservative Party.


Webber was married three times. With his first wife, Sarah Hugill, who he married on July 24, 1972, he has two children, the couple divorced in 1983. His second wife was the soprano Sarah Brightman, whom he married on 22 March 1984. The childless marriage ended in divorce in 1990. On 1 February 1991 he married Madeleine Gurdon finally, with whom he has three children.

End of 2009, Webber had to be operated on for prostate cancer. In January 2010, he announced that he was cancer free.

His brother Julian Lloyd Webber is a British cellist and composer.



  • The Likes of Us ( 1965) ( Lyrics: Tim Rice) ( based on the life of the benefactor Dr. Barnardo )
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat ( 1968) ( Lyrics: Tim Rice) (based on the Biblical story of Joseph in Egypt)
  • Jesus Christ Superstar ( 1970) ( Lyrics: Tim Rice) (based on the Bible account of the Passion of Jesus Christ )
  • Jeeves (1975 ) and By Jeeves ( revised edition 1996) ( Text: Alan Ayckbourn ) (based on PG Wodehouse 's Jeeves stories )
  • Evita ( 1976) ( Lyrics: Tim Rice) (based on Eva Perón's life )
  • Cats (1981 ) (based on TS Eliot 's Old Possum 's Book of Practical Cats by 1939)
  • Starlight Express (1984 ) (Text: Richard Stilgoe, additional text: Don Black )
  • Cricket ( 1986) ( Lyrics: Tim Rice)
  • The Phantom of the Opera (1986 ) (Text: Richard Stilgoe / Charles Hart) (based on Gaston Leroux 1911 )
  • Aspects of Love (1989 ) (Text: Don Black ) (based on David Garnett 1955 )
  • Sunset Boulevard (1993 ) (Text: Don Black ) (based on the Billy Wilder film of 1950)
  • Whistle Down the Wind (1996 ) (text by Jim Steinman ) (based on the Bryan Forbes film of 1961)
  • The Beautiful Game (2000 ) (Text: Ben Elton )
  • The Woman in White (2004) (text by David Zippel ) (based on Wilkie Collins 1860 )
  • Phantom: Love Never Dies (2010 ) (text by Glenn Slater, Ben Elton ) (based on Frederick Forsyth, 1997, The Phantom of Manhattan)
  • The Wizard of Oz (2011)
  • Stephen Ward (2013 ) (text by Christopher Hampton, Don Black ) (based on the Profumo affair in 1962/ 63)

Film Music

  • Silent footsteps ( Gumshoe ) ( 1971) - Director: Stephen Frears
  • The Odessa File ( The Odessa File ) ( 1974) - Director: Ronald Neame

Other Works (selection)

  • Variations ( 1978) ( Variations on a Theme of Paganini )
  • Tell Me On A Sunday (1979 ) (Text: Don Black ) ( song cycle )
  • Song And Dance ( 1982) (text by Don Black ) ( Summary of Tell Me On A Sunday ( = 1st act ) and Variations ( = Act 2 ) )
  • Requiem (1985) ( Latin requiem mass in memory of the late Lloyd Webber's father in 1982 )

Awards (selection)

  • Oscar (1x ) for the song "You Must Love Me" from Evita
  • Tony Award ( 7x), two of them for Sunset Boulevard
  • Grammy Award ( 3x)
  • Golden Globe Award ( 1x)
  • Laurence Olivier Award ( 5x)
  • American Society of Composers, Authors ' and Publishers ' Triple Play Award, the first composer
  • Praemium Imperiale