Legend backs singer to tune of £17k

Soprano singer Alexandra Lowe, from Cleveleys, has been awarded the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Sarah Brightman scholarship for post-grad studies at the Royal Northern College of Music (photo credit: Hannah Younger)
Soprano singer Alexandra Lowe, from Cleveleys, has been awarded the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Sarah Brightman scholarship for post-grad studies at the Royal Northern College of Music (photo credit: Hannah Younger)
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A soprano singer has hit the high notes and won the backing of one of the theatre industry’s biggest names – Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Alexandra Lowe, 23, has been awarded a scholarship worth tens of thousands of pounds to continue her studies at the Royal Northern College of Music.

“It fills me with great joy that my Foundation can help Alexandra fulfil her potential.”

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Ms Lowe, from Cleveleys, is one of the first to have been awarded the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Sarah Brightman scholarship.

She, and tenor Alexander Grainger, will have their postgraduate studies on the two year Master of Music Programme, fully funded – worth £17,600.

The soprano has already made a name for herself in the opera world, having won five awards for her work and used her talents to raise more than £25,000 for charity.

She said: “It’s really great to have this scholarship.

“To be supported by such well known names holds real prestige.”

The money for the singer’s scholarship came from a donation made to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Foundation by his ex-wife Sarah Brightman.

The classical singer used the proceeds of sales from two pieces of tiger jewellery by Cartier, formerly from the collection of the Duchess of Windsor, which had been given to her by Mr Lloyd Webber.

He said: “I am grateful for Sarah’s donation and it fills me with great joy that my Foundation can help Alexandra fulfil her potential.”

And Sarah Brightman said: “The jewels which Andrew bought gave me immense pleasure and I’m so pleased proceeds from their sale will now play a part in enabling Alexandra to enjoy her training without financial concerns.”

Ms Lowe said she felt relieved to not to have to worry about tuition fees, and instead be able to focus on her studies and singing.

She has raised money for Aiming Higher charity, who support disabled children and their families in Blackpool, as well as armed forces charities Help For Heroes and Combat Stress.

The soprano started singing aged 13, while living in Palma, and went on to achieve a First class honours undergraduate degree from the RNCM.

She said: “I’ve developed a real passion for opera, I love it. I love being able to portray such drama through my music, it’s an amazing feeling.”

She has played Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, and Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as having played the role of Sylvaine in the RNCM’s production of The Merry Widow.

During her two-year course she will study opera, take singing and acting classes and work with esteemed opera singers.

Ms Lowe’s goal is to perform at leading opera houses in London and New York.

She added: “I feel like I’m on the right track for that.”