Bramwell Tovey

British conductor and composer Bramwell Tovey was born in Ilford on 11 July 1953. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music and at London University.

At twenty-two he became a staff conductor at London Festival Ballet, and from 1978 he was music director of Scottish Ballet. He was principal conductor of Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet (1984-88) and music director of Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (1989-2001), Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (2000-2018) and Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra (2002-6).

From 2018 until his death on 12 July 2022, aged sixty-nine, he was principal conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra.

As a composer his output included viola and cello concertos, ballet and opera music, and Coventry Variations for brass.


A selection of articles about Bramwell Tovey

CD Spotlight. Thoroughly Enjoyable and Witty - Gerald Fenech listens to Poulenc, on Bramwell Tovey's last recording. 'Splendidly performed and sumptuously recorded ...'

Classical music news - July 2022 Obituaries - Our summary of those the classical music world has lost this month