UNIVERSITY NEWS LAST UPDATED : 22 JUNE 2018
Birmingham City University's Royal Birmingham Conservatoire is delighted to announce that the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has generously agreed to fund a scholarship commencing in the 2018/19 academic year.
The scholarship, which will be called the ‘Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Scholarship at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’, will support an undergraduate student on the BA (Hons) Acting course. It will cover the successful applicant’s full course fees over the next three years, and will be awarded on the basis of both financial need and merit, particularly singing ability.
Commenting on the award, Professor Stephen Simms, Vice Principal and Head of Acting at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, said:
Acting at the Conservatoire
Formerly known as Birmingham School of Acting, the Conservatoire’s Acting Department is one of the leading drama schools in the country, with roots dating back to 1936. Graduates typically go on to pursue successful careers in theatre (including musical theatre), television and film.
Notable alumni include Nicol Williamson, Tom Lister, Catherine Tyldesley, Rachel Bright, Barbara Keogh, Luke Mably, James Bradshaw, Stephen Laughton, Jeffrey Holland, David Holt, Anna Brewster, Jimi Mistry, Helen George, Ainsley Howard, Nicholas Gledhill and Tania Hales-Richardson
In addition to the BA (Hons) Acting, the School also offers foundation courses, short courses, and undergraduate degrees in the associated disciplines of Stage Management and Applied Theatre, as well as taught postgraduate courses in acting and professional voice practice.
The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation
The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation was set up by Lord Lloyd-Webber in 1992 to promote the arts, culture and heritage for the public benefit.
In 2010, the Foundation embarked on an active grant-giving programme and has now awarded grants of £19M to support high-quality training and personal development as well as other projects that make a real difference to enrich the quality of life both for individuals and within local communities.
Speaking on behalf of the Foundation, David Grindrod said:
Earlier this year, Lord Lloyd-Webber visited Royal Birmingham Conservatoire ahead the college's Royal Opening Gala Concert, where he spent time with Acting students who performed a sequence from rock musical 'Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson' for him.