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Andrew Lloyd-Webber gives young Northern Ireland musicians funding boost

By Adrian Rutherford

The Ulster Youth Orchestra is among a series of groups to be awarded grants by a charity set up by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.

A total of 22 grants have been awarded by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation to support emerging artists and the provision of music education and performing arts training.

The grants, totalling £630,060, have been given to projects across the UK and beyond.

They include the Ulster Youth Orchestra in Northern Ireland.

It has been awarded £45,000 over three years, and will enhance the provision at their annual summer residency for 86 talented musicians aged 14 to 23.

Other recipients include the National Theatre Wales, The Prince's Foundation and Royal Court Theatre.

Andrew Lloyd Webber said: "This latest round of grants reflects my passion for the importance of arts education, increasing diversity on and off stage and ensuring that the next generation is equipped to champion and preserve our heritage.

"Many of the projects require matched funding and I urge other philanthropists, foundations and government to recognise the benefits and step up to support the life-enhancing effects of the arts and heritage."

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