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Julian Lloyd Webber discusses post-performance life / The Big Issue interview

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Julian Lloyd Webber: It is a strange time. I used to get up in the morning and practice the cello for four, five, six hours. Now I'm not doing that there seems to be a lot of time in the day I never realised. I knew there was a problem from around last October. I couldn't play physically taxing pieces because I had less power in my bowing arm.

I can play flat out for five minutes and then I notice this loss of power and very suddenly it gets really bad. I feel like I'm going to drop the bow. I could have had an operation. I still could have an operation, but it's very dangerous. I'm not in pain and I have a young child. It's not easy to weigh all that up but I didn't feel it was the right thing to do.

I don't like the word retirement. I don't feel I'm retired at all, I just can't play the cello. It's a nice idea to go to Spain and sit on the beach for about a week then I think I'd go mad. My situation at the moment is I want to do a job. I'd like to, as Suarez would say, get my teeth into something.

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