Andrew Lloyd Webber said he felt 'right as rain' after taking part in trials for the Oxford coronavirus vaccine.

The composer behind shows Cats, Evita and The Phantom of the Opera, revealed he had been given the real jab – not the placebo.

“I guessed I might have done… I was around people who got coronavirus in the period after the last lockdown and I absolutely didn’t,” he said.

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“I had no effects from the trial whatsoever; I felt right as rain.”

He was told, after a different blood test recently, that he has “got so many antibodies”.

“It’s very encouraging to think… eight months later, I’m teeming with antibodies,” he said.

Lord Lloyd-Webber, who studied history for a term at Magdalen College, Oxford, in the 60s , before abandoning the course to pursue his interest in musical theatre, has now raised smiles by creating a song about Jackie Weaver.

Mrs Weaver, chief officer of the Cheshire Association of Local Councils, shot to fame for the way she handled a chaotic parish council meeting, in which participants were seen losing their cool and trading insults. A Zoom recording of the meeting went viral online.

The impresario released a song, on Instagram, about the local government official, saying: "When you’re bored, you have to think of things.”

He said of the parish council meeting: “It’s sort of operatic.”

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Andrew Lloyd Webber

The composer plays the piano and Carrie Hope Fletcher sings, with the lyrics of the new song written by Don Black.

“It was just a laugh, I was doing nothing on a Sunday afternoon,”he said.

“At the moment. the Americans think I’m stark raving mad because they heard this song. They are saying ‘Who on earth is Jackie Weaver?'”

A friend from New York called “last night and woke me up and said ‘Who is Jackie Weaver?’ and I said ‘Well, it’s a very British thing’.”

He joked of the prospect of turning the song into a West End musical: “You never know! People said Eva Peron (Evita) was a bad idea.”

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The musical star also shared his frustration over post-Brexit red tape affecting musicians and other artists, describing it as “crazy”.

He also defended theatres forced to close in the pandemic, saying: “It’s all very worrying. We are all running out of petrol.”

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