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 the University of London.

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