Andrew Lloyd Webber to release album of symphonic suites from his musicals

Musical theatre composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is recording symphonic suites from Evita, Phantom of the Opera and Sunset Boulevard for a new release on Decca Records

Published: April 22, 2021 at 10:42 am

Andrew Lloyd Webber has brought together an 81-piece orchestra to record a new album of symphonic suites from three of his musicals: Evita, Phantom of the Opera and Sunset Boulevard. The recording will be the first live performance at the newly refurbished Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

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This comes after Phantom of the Opera has been in the news for having made half of its orchestra redundant ahead of its return to the stage this summer.

The recording will be conducted in line with the government's current COVID-19 social distancing regulations.

The Theatre Royal Drury Lane has been restored over the last two years in a major £60 million renovation project.

'As we fight to bring performers back to work and theatres back to life, I hope that this album might now take on a new meaning: the music which represents the triumphant and hopeful return of live music, theatre and entertainment across the world,' says Andrew Lloyd Webber.

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The album Andrew Lloyd Webber: Symphonic Suites will be released in June on Decca Records.

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Freya ParrDigital Editor and Staff Writer, BBC Music Magazine

Freya Parr is BBC Music Magazine's Digital Editor and Staff Writer. She has also written for titles including the Guardian, Circus Journal, Frankie and Suitcase Magazine, and runs The Noiseletter, a fortnightly arts and culture publication. Freya's main areas of interest and research lie in 20th-century and contemporary music.

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