This week, it was announced that British cellist Julian Lloyd Webber will step down from his role as Principal of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, in Birmingham, England.
Throughout his five year tenure, the 69-year-old has spearheaded the conservatory's transition to its new £57 million building, secured Royal status for the organization, lead the merger of the School of Music and School of Acting and was responsible for securing the largest donation in the history of the college.
"I will always treasure the many happy memories of my time at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, It has been a privilege to work with such a marvellous team and such wonderful students and wish the institution ongoing success," Professor Lloyd Webber has said.
"The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire has thrived under Julian’s leadership. What has been achieved has been exceptional. Working with Julian has been a delight, and I am very pleased that he has accepted the award of Emeritus Professor and will retain links with the Conservatoire and BCU," Birmingham City University Vice Chancellor Professor Philip Plowden has said.