Lloyd Webber will perform his final concert at the Forum Theatre, Malvern, on the 2nd of May with the English Chamber Orchestra.
He commented in a press release: “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.”
The cellist remained positive about the future, however, and outlined plans to continue in education: “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.”
He continued: “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.”
He tweeted moments after the announcement was made:
Today is a sad, sad day for me which I hoped I would never see. But I have had to make the decision to stop playing the cello and move on.