I got known as the school swot, which wasn't me at all.

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Profession: Musician
Nationality: British

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I'm wondering whether to have someone go around with my mobile to completely throw everybody off the scent. I could appear in weird places.

I never wanted to be a performer. I suppose I was precocious, really.

They should go back to the medieval tradition, which is that the nave of the church is always used for local business.

The moment the doctor said he wanted to do a biopsy, in my heart I thought I'd probably got it. But I also know a lot of people who have also had prostate cancer, so I had a reasonably good idea what to expect.

The regrets in the theatre have always been the shows that you know ought to have worked but for one reason or another haven't.

After I had prostate cancer, I had something which was misdiagnosed which led to a load of back operations.

I often think of random melodies. And I pretty much hear in my head what I want to do with the orchestra as I'm writing on the piano.

I have lived and worked in Britain all my life. Not even in the dark days of penal Labour taxation in the Seventies did I have any intention of leaving the country of my birth.

The next few years are going to be horrendous in the UK. The last thing we need is a Somali pirate-style raid on the few wealth creators who still dare to navigate Britain's gale-force waters.

Nobody ever thinks that the work they're going to do could ever be bigger than the one they do before, especially if you're lucky enough like I had to have such a huge thing as 'Phantom' was.

We don't have butlers. Obviously we have people who look after the houses, but I try not to run things formally.

And it sort of jogged a memory of something that I read at school and I read it, and I thought God this is it. So you never can tell. I could find something this afternoon.

There's no getting around it: Writing is hard, while working with young performers is nearly always a joy.

I loved medieval architecture when I was very small; I don't know why.