Tovey, the pinch-hitting wedding pianist

Posted on: August 12, 2009

In Wednesday’s (8/12) Telegraph (London), Stephen Adams writes, “Bramwell Tovey, music director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, stepped in to help Lucy Stubbs, 30, after her pianist got stuck in traffic. The versatile musician agreed to play after Miss Stubbs’ fiancé Sam Taylor, 24, desperately started asking people in St Andrew’s Hall in Norwich, where the couple were to wed in a civil ceremony, if they could help. [Tovey] was in the city to perform that evening with the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, as he is its artistic director.” When the couple found out the pianist they hired was stuck in traffic and would not make it in time, Taylor went out into the hall to see about finding a replacement pianist and ran into the NYBB’s administrator, Philip Biggs, who in turn contacted Tovey. “The couple, who are going on honeymoon to Barcelona in Spain, have now emailed their surprise pianist to say thank you for his efforts. After having photos taken with the thrilled bride and groom, Tovey went on to lead the near sell-out performance of the brass band.”

Posted August 12, 2009