In Memoriam|

Photo: Nick Lloyd Webber | Nicholas Alastair Lloyd Webber (2 July 1979 – 25 March 2023) was an English composer and record producer. He was the son of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and his first wife, Sarah Hugill.

Lloyd Webber was known for writing a theatrical and symphonic version of The Little Prince (co-written with James D. Reid) based on the book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The production premiered at the Lyric Theatre Belfast and Theatre Calgary before headlining the Abu Dhabi music and arts festival with the Heritage Orchestra.Together, Lloyd Webber and Reid produced the Scottish Folk Music album Speyside Sessions with actor Kevin McKidd; which went to No.1 in the iTunes World Music Charts. He also composed the music for the 2017 musical Fat Friends The Musical, which premiered at the Grand Theatre in Leeds and subsequently toured the UK in 2018. A second UK tour planned for 2022 was postponed.

Besides musical theatre, Lloyd Webber was known for scoring the BBC One drama Love, Lies and Records, and the film The Last Bus, directed by Gillies McKinnon and starring Timothy Spall and Phyllis Logan. Lloyd Webber also wrote music for 56 Up, the eighth installment of the documentary series that began with 7 Up, for Children’s television, and for television advertisements.

Work with his father
At the age of 14, Lloyd Webber was the tape operator on Sunset Boulevard: World Premiere Recording, the album of the 1993 original London production of his father’s musical.

Lloyd Webber produced the Andrew Lloyd Webber Symphonic Suites at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London, released by Decca Records in 2021.

He co-produced and mixed the pre-production concept album of the musical Cinderella for Polydor Records, which went to number one on the official UK compilation album charts in July 2021.

His older sister is the author, broadcaster, and communications executive Imogen Lloyd Webber, his grandfather was the organist, composer and music educator William Lloyd Webber and his uncle the cellist and music educator Julian Lloyd Webber.

In 2007, Lloyd Webber married theater producer and designer Charlotte Windmill, with whom he had a daughter, born in 2008. In June 2018 he married viola player Polly Wiltshire. He was the father of two children.

Lloyd Webber died at the age of 43 on 25 March 2023 at Basingstoke Hospital, after suffering from gastric cancer for 18 months.

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March 2023

29: Tiberiu Ceia, 82, Romanian popular singer.

28: Blas Durán, 73, Dominican bachata singer; Ladislav Jásek, 93, Czech violinist (death announced on this date); Sanath Nandasiri, 81, Sri Lankan singer, musician and composer; Sun Yumin, 83, Chinese Peking opera artist, multiple organ failure.

27: Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou, 99, Ethiopian nun, pianist and composer; Howie Kane*, 81, American pop singer (Jay and the Americans) (death announced on this date); Jocelyn Morlock, 53, Canadian composer.; Peggy Scott-Adams, 74, American blues and R&B singer.

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* Howard G. Kirschenbaum (June 6, 1945 – March 2023), better known as Howie Kane, was an American pop singer who was a member of Jay and the Americans. He sang vocals for the band between 1960 and 1973, and again from 2006 until his death.

Kane was an alcoholic and entered a 12-step program and sobered up, and worked for nearly 20 years counselling adolescents and adults who suffered from similar addictions. Howard was married twice and [had] two children, one from his first marriage, and the other was adopted. Kane was still touring with the Americans when he died in March 2023, at the age of 77. [No cause of death was listed].

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26: Jacques Collard, 91, Belgian actor (The Ninth Gate, Have Mercy on Us All, Daguerrotype), restaurateur and adapter of plays and musicals; Ray Pillow, 85, American country singer (“I’ll Take the Dog”).

25: Juca Chaves, 84, Brazilian singer and comedian, respiratory failure; Daniel Chorzempa, 78, American organist and composer; Nick Lloyd Webber, 43, English composer (Love, Lies and Records, Fat Friends The Musical, The Last Bus) and record producer, gastric cancer.

24: Christopher Gunning, 78, English composer (La Vie en rose, Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Middlemarch); Scott Johnson, 70, American composer, pneumonia.

23: Luca Bergia, 54, Italian drummer (Marlene Kuntz); Keith Reid*, 76, English lyricist (Procol Harum) and songwriter (“A Whiter Shade of Pale”, “You’re the Voice”).

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* Keith Stuart Brian Reid (19 October 1946 – 23 March 2023) was an English lyricist and songwriter who wrote the lyrics of every song released by Procol Harum that was not previously recorded by someone else, with the exception of the songs on their 2017 album Novum.

Reid grew up in London and was Jewish, the son of a Holocaust survivor. He left school at an early age to pursue a songwriting career. He met Gary Brooker, lead singer with Procol Harum, with whom he co-wrote most of the band’s songs (some music was written by organist Matthew Fisher and by guitarist Robin Trower), in 1966. They began collaborating, and their composition “A Whiter Shade of Pale”, Procol Harum’s first single, was released in 1967. It reached the top of the UK Singles Chart and sold over six million copies worldwide.

Keith Reid was an official member of Procol Harum and attended all their recording sessions and most of their concert performances, despite having no performance role in the band. Reid continued to write lyrics for the band until they disbanded in 1977. Reid has said that the dark tone of his lyric writing derives from his familial experience of the Holocaust.

Reid died from cancer on March 23, 2023, at the age of 76.

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22: Tom Leadon, 70, American musician (Mudcrutch); Wayne Swinny, 59, American guitarist (Saliva), brain hemorrhage.

Photo: Nick Lloyd Webber

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