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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.

JULIAN LLOYD WEBBER

Date: 9th May 2014

JULIAN LLOYD WEBBER

In the 70’s when I was an interviewer on the magazine programme ‘Pebble Mill at One’ I was given the task of interviewing both the Lloyd Webers who’d brought out a rather unusual and highly enjoyable LP (that dates us doesn’t it) called ‘Variations’.

Although I like Classical Music I’m not an expert and usually any Music interviews were given to my colleague Marion Foster who was highly musical. On that day there was the Lloyd Weber interview and another one on Fashion – much more my scene. However the Editor decided to switch us around.

I was very nervous – how was I to conduct an interview with these two greats of the Musical World. As I always did when undertaking an interview, I would discuss with my guests the line of questioning. I’m not an investigative journalist and always wished my guests to feel at ease and to tell me what they wanted to and not what they were forced into.

On entering the dressing room I immediately owned up to the fact that I was no Music Buff but asked what elements of the forthcoming release would they like to promote and a conversation ensued where I thought I’d got the best for them. As I was leaving I overheard an unflattering comment from Andrew Lloyd Weber about my lack of musical knowledge. On the other hand, Julian was an absolute delight and a true gentleman and I’ve been a fan of his ever since.  In fact it was through him that I learned to love music for the Cello.

So I am very sorry to hear that he is having to give up performing but I’m sure he will give back an enormous amount to the Musical Establishment and those Cellists lucky enough to cross his path.
 

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