Tim Rice

Timothy Miles Bindon Rice was born on 10 November 1944 at Shardeloes, an historic English country house near Amersham, Buckinghamshire that was requisitioned as a maternity hospital during the Second World War.

His father, Hugh Gordon Rice, served with the Eighth Army and reached the rank of major during the Second World War, while his mother, Joan Odette (née Bawden), served in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) as a photographic interpreter. After the war, they worked for the de Havilland Aircraft Company.

Tim was educated at three independent schools: Aldwickbury School in Hertfordshire, St Albans School and Lancing College. He left Lancing with GCE A-Levels in History and French and then started work as an articled clerk for a law firm in London, having decided not to apply for a university place.

Rice joined EMI Records as a management trainee in 1966. When EMI producer Norrie Paramor left to set up his own organization in 1968, Rice joined him as an assistant producer, working with, among others, Cliff Richard.

After his collaboration with Lloyd-Webber, Rice went on to write the lyrics for Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson of ABBA on Chess and Aladdin and The Lion King for Disney and many other projects.

Rice was made a Knight Bachelor by Queen Elizabeth II in 1994 and in 2008, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Andrew Lloyd Webber was born in Kensington, London, the elder son of William Lloyd Webber (1914–1982), a composer and organist, and Jean Hermione Johnstone (1921–1993), a violinist and pianist. His younger brother, Julian Lloyd Webber, has had a notable career as a solo cellist.

Lloyd Webber started writing his own music at a young age, a suite of six pieces at the age of nine. He also put on “productions” with Julian and his Aunt Viola in his toy theatre. His aunt Viola, an actress, took him to see many of her shows and through the stage door into the world of the theatre. He also had originally set music to Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats at the age of 15.

In 1965, Lloyd Webber was a Queen’s Scholar at Westminster School and studied history for a term at Magdalen College, Oxford, although he abandoned the course in the winter of 1965 to study at the Royal College of Music and pursue his interest in musical theatre.

After his collaboration with Tim Rice, Lloyd-Webber went on to compose many more musicals (including Cats, Starlight Express, The Phantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard and School of Rock) , a song cycle, a set of variations, two film scores, and a Latin Requiem Mass.

He has received a number of awards, including a knighthood in 1992, followed by a peerage from Queen Elizabeth II for services to Music, six Tonys, three Grammys (as well as the Grammy Legend Award), an Academy Award, fourteen Ivor Novello Awards, seven Olivier Awards, a Golden Globe, a Brit Award, the 2006 Kennedy Center Honors, and the 2008 Classic Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. Like Tim Rice, he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The Meeting

In 1965, when Andrew Lloyd Webber was a 17-year-old budding musical-theatre composer, he was introduced to the 20-year-old aspiring pop-song writer Tim Rice. Andrew’s love of musical theatre and Tim’s love of rock music led to them successfully collaborating on four rock operas: The Likes of Us, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita.

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