Beyonce aims high for Lloyd Webber

by BAZ BAMIGBOYE, Daily Mail

Last updated at 09:42 11 February 2005

Andrew Lloyd Webber will be adjusting the score of his Oscar-nominated song, Learn To Be Lonely, so that bootylicious Beyonce can sing higher notes more suited to her soaraway style.

The composer will play the piano at the Academy Awards, along with a full orchestra, as Beyonce sings the number that Lloyd Webber wrote with Charles Hart especially for the Phantom Of The Opera movie.

"Beyonce wants it higher and longer, so Andrew is going to rejig the song for her voice," Madeleine Lloyd Webber, who'll be accompanying her husband to the Oscars ceremony on February 27 at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre, told me.

Beyonce will also sing a number from the film The Chorus, which is in the best foreign film category, and will join Josh Groban performing the Oscar-nominated song Believe from The Polar Express. Beyonce and Lloyd Webber will meet at a series of rehearsals four days before the show.

As not only an Oscar nominee, but now also an Oscar show performer, Lloyd Webber can look forward to a barrage of fashion and beauty offers, from free Botox injections to eyebrow-shaping.

Madeleine will have to ensure he doesn't get carried away.

And here's news of another singer who can hit the high notes. Victoria Simmonds, a new soprano, will be making her professional debut as Bizet's Carmen in the in-the-round production, which Raymond Gubbay will present at the Royal Albert Hall from next Thursday.

  • On A personal note, being of royal blood myself, I would like to wish the Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles congratulations on the announcement of their nuptials.

    To think my grandfather, a formidable Nigerian tribal chief, had 50 wives, and 50 royal weddings!