When I moved to the U.K. one of the new experiences I enjoyed most was seeing musicals in London. I've seen so many now and I never miss a chance to go to the theatre.
I have also been very lucky to meet Andrew Lloyd Webber. He's written an incredible 21 musicals and the New York Times calls him "the most commercially successful composer in history." I love his work and I'm honoured to be his friend.
Beyond being an incredible artist, Lloyd Webber is also a humanitarian. He's supported many important charitable causes over his career – but most recently he's been working to help Afghan women and musicians resettle in countries where they can pursue their education and art.
In November, he and I hosted a special performance of his latest musical Cinderella (which you must see if you're in London). Lloyd Webber and his team donated all profits from the performance to my organisation, Malala Fund, to support our work for girls in Afghanistan.
I'm grateful to my friend Andrew for his art, generosity and for answering Podium's three questions this month. Enjoy!
Question 1: You could play piano and violin at age three and were composing music by age six. What's your advice for children and young people who are interested in becoming composers?
Learn to play the piano or guitar. Then, play your ideas to your friends and your parents. Don’t hold things back. Even better, get your music performed at school. My first show started at a school (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat). For me, the most important thing is to get your music heard – no matter when and no matter how.
Question 2: Who is your all-time favourite character in a musical?
The master of ceremonies in Cabaret
Question 3: When it's safe to travel around the world again, where would you like to go?
I love architecture, so a tour of French cathedrals. If it ever were possible, I would love to see the Swat Valley because everyone tells me it’s one of the most beautiful places on earth.