British cellist Julian Lloyd Webber has today announced he will be forced to stop playing the cello, due to a herniated disc in his neck – which has caused significantly reduced power in his right arm.
“I am devastated,” 63 year old Mr Lloyd Webber has said in a statement, “…there were so many exciting plans that cannot now come to fruition.”
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“I have had an immensely fulfilling career and feel privileged to have worked with so many great musicians and orchestras but now I have to move on. I now need time to reflect and to consider this sudden and distressing life-changing situation and there will be no further comment at this time,” the statement concluded.
His final performance as a cellist will be on May 2nd with the English Chamber Orchestra.