The team and trustees at Sistema England congratulate Julian Lloyd Webber for his appointment as Principal of Birmingham Conservatoire. The Chairman and Founder of Sistema England takes up his new position in April, replacing David Saint, who has announced his retirement.

‘For years, Julian has passionately advocated for all children and young people to access high quality music education, and for the Sistema movement in England, which focuses on social action through music. We know that from this new position at Birmingham Conservatoire he will continue to be a leading voice for both, and warmly congratulate him on this excellent appointment,’ said Fiona Cunningham, Managing Director of Sistema England.

‘I am sure that Julian Lloyd Webber will bring his many years of experience as an international cellist, performer and spokesperson for music education to enrich life and learning at the Birmingham Conservatoire as it enters this new phase of development. I am delighted for Julian and for the many students who will benefit from his leadership,’ said Marshall Marcus, CEO of the European Union Youth Orchestra and Chair of Sistema Europe.

‘This is fantastic news! Julian brings a wealth of expertise, experience and passion to the Birmingham Conservatoire. Young musicians from all backgrounds will be celebrating the opportunities for excellence that Julian’s appointment will make possible,’ said Richard Hallam, Chair of the Music Education Council and Trustee of Sistema England.

Since announcing his retirement as a cellist last year, Julian has signalled that he would like to focus on music education. He remains involved with Sistema England, and in September 2014 he joined Yehudi Menuhin’s charity Live Music Now as a spokesperson. Last April he received the Incorporated Society of Musician’s annual Distinguished Musician Award ‘for his many musical achievements and for his dedicated work in the field of music education.’