Cellist Julian Lloyd Webber has announced his retirement from performance due to a herniated disc in his neck. ‘Today is a sad, sad day for me which I hoped I would never see,’ he said. ‘I have had to make the decision to stop playing the cello and move on.’
Lloyd Webber’s retirement from performance will, however, give him more time to concentrate on his work in music education. He is chair of Sistema England and a high-profile advocate of the music education sector.
Agents IMG Artists released the following statement: ‘Cellist Julian Lloyd Webber announced today that he has been forced to stop playing due to a herniated disc in his neck which has reduced the power in his right arm. His final performance as a cellist will be on 2 May at the Forum Theatre, Malvern with the English Chamber Orchestra.’
Lloyd Webber said: ‘I am devastated. There were so many exciting plans that cannot now come to fruition. 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 have no intention of enduring a forced retirement though. I would like to use the knowledge I have gained through my life as a musician and an educator to give back as much as I can to the music profession which has given me so much over the years.
‘I have just completed two new recordings which will be released later this year but after 2 May my cello will fall silent. 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.’