Last Thursday, the Earl of Wessex paid his first visit to the Birmingham Conservatoire as its Royal Patron. He was welcomed at the Conservatoire, part of Birmingham City University, by their brass group playing the main theme from John William’s score to the 1978 film Superman. This was a taster for their concert that evening, Conservatoire Brass at the Pops.
The Earl was welcomed by the Vice Chancellor of Birmingham University, Professor Cliff Allan, and Professor Julian Lloyd-Webber, Principal of the Conservatoire who took up the post last year. They were joined by Professor David Roberts, Executive Dean of the Arts, Design and Media Faculty. After being welcomed in the Adrian Boult Hall, he met students from all the various courses in the library before being given a tour of the Conservatoire’s state of the art recording Studio.
Following refreshments in the Principal’s Office with members of the Conservatoire Team, His Royal Highness concluded his visit by hearing a recital of Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No 11, performed by Hungarian post-graduate student, György Hodozsó.
Professor Julian Lloyd Webber, Principal, Birmingham Conservatoire said: “The Earl of Wessex’s Royal Patronage is a wonderful endorsement for what we are striving to achieve at Birmingham Conservatoire. It rewards all the hard work carried out by its staff and students to ensure it is ready to take its place as the 21st Century’s first digital conservatoire.”
“During the visit, I was delighted to be able to update His Royal Highness on the progress of the Conservatoire’s new £56 million home currently being constructed in the Eastside region of the City. I am looking forward to welcoming The Earl of Wessex back to the Conservatoire as soon as our new building is finished!”
Prince Edward was made the Conservatoire’s first Royal Patron in March of this year. He is a keen follower of the Arts, and has attended a number of concerts and shows given by other organisations of which he is patron. He has also spent some time in the past working with Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s Really Useful Company, which has links with many top musicals.